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By Alexa Raine-Wright, Alexander Weimann, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Claire Guimond, and Jean-Louis Blouin. By Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) and Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773). Classical. CD. Naxos #EMCCD-7777. Published by Naxos (NX.EMCCD-7777).
Item Number: NX.EMCCD-7777
Take in the vibrant colors of flutes and strings in this new album devoted to two somewhat rebel representatives of the German late baroque, Telemann and Quantz. Disobeying their parents in order to persevere in music, they were also able to distance themselves from certain burdens of the past to propose fresh and galant music. The spirited playing of flutists Claire Guimond and Alexa Raine-Wright, as well as the warm tone of violist Jean-Louis Blouin will more than do justice to these charming and lively works. Arion Baroque Orchestra Founded in 1981 in Montreal, Arion Baroque Orchestra is now a cornerstone in the world of early music on period instruments in Quebec and Canada. The clarity and freshness of Arion's interpretations have been remarked upon since its first concerts; the delicacy of its readings of well-chosen and varied works has never wavered in more than 30 years. Constant attention to detail has earned the orchestra, led by the enlightened artistic vision of flutist Claire Guimond, a place among the most renowned early music ensembles in North America and throughout the world. The Orchestra offers a prestigious Montreal concert Series at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Bourgie Concert Hall featuring more than twenty musicians and with the participation of internationally renowned guest conductors. Arion has hosted such celebrated conductors as Stefano Montanari, Jaap ter Linden, Monica Huggett, Christophe Rousset, Barthold Kuijken, Rachel Podger and Elizabeth Wallfisch, to name just a few. Arion has been awarded many prizes and grants and tours regularly in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Japan, as well as Quebec and Canada.