This album is devoted to the completeFantasias by Georg Philipp Telemann andfocuses on a single stylistic universe — and onethat is not the least of them. Whilst this repertoire is wellknown to all flautists, it is alsoone of themost delicate in several ways. Notonly the eloquence and elegance, but also thecomplexity of the baroque musicalsyntax, thechallenge ofperforming these pieces on mod-ern instruments, the subtlety of Eric Leleux’sreworkingand the enormous labour of theensemble that his work occasioned all set the Vibrations ensemble afine sum of challengesand gave rise to an extraordinary collectivejourney.
2020 and 2021 were years that we cannot failto remember : they provided us with an opportunity not only to test but also to deepenthis project in every sense of the word. Thesereworkedand revisited Fantasias survived theimpossibly of meeting to play together, the longand many video discussions to move forwardsdespite everything,not to mention severalmonths ofclandestine rehearsals in a poorlyheated theatre. We also felt that we had hit rockbottom more than once: we had the impressionthat we were going round in circles and that wewere losingour motivation because concertswere not possible.
It must be said, however, that our ensemble has grown from this, we are once again firmlyconvinced that we can combine our skills andknowledge and explore in our own way the richand constantly renewed language of Telemann’sFantasias through Eric Leleux’sreworkings.
The recording sessions took place in the Galaxy Studio in Mol at the beginning of 2022 and were a true delight, inspiring and constructive from start to finish and guided by the ears andenlightened advice of Bert Van Der Wolf andEwald Demeyere, whom we thank from the bottom of our hearts.
We humbly dare to hope that Georg PhilippTelemann, who was fascinated not only bydiversity, flexibility of form and a richness ofgenres and affects, but also by the timbres ofold and newinstruments, would have liked tohaveheard us.
1]Fantasia 1 - A major Vivace, adagio, allegro, adagio - Allegro
2]Fantasia 2 - A minor Grave - Vivace - Adagio - Allegro
3]Fantasia 3 - B minor Largo, vivace, largo, vivace - Allegro
4]Fantasia 4 - Bb majorAndante - Allegro - Presto
5]Fantasia 5 - C major Presto, largo, presto, largo - Allegro - Allegro
6]Fantasia 6 - D minorDolce - Allegro - Spirituoso
7]Fantasia 7 - D majorAlla francese - Presto
8]Fantasia 8 - E minor Largo - Spirituoso - Allegro
9]Fantasia 9 - E major Affettuoso - Allegro - Grave - Vivace
10]Fantasia 10 - F# minor A tempo giusto - Presto - Moderato
11]Fantasia 11 - G major Allegro - Adagio, vivace - Allegro
12] Fantasia 12 - G minor Grave, allegro, grave, allegro, dolce, allegro - Presto