Telemann - Twelve fantasias for flute without base by Claire Guimond

TELEMANN – Twelve fantasias for flute without bass


Claire Guimond
1995, Analekta, FL2 8053

Admired unconditionally by Quantz, who held these Fantasies to be exemplary, surpasing even the works of many of the great virtuoso flutists of the time, Telemann has handed down to us one of the most inventive, musically original pages in the entire flute repertoire.
Claire Guimond offers us her own sensitive and musical interpretation – one to rank with the very best.

Guimond’s impeccable phrasing, loving, warm tone, and superb breath control are shown off to their best advantage in the wonderfully free writing of Telemann’s Fantasias. Guimond pays painstaking attention to each note in the exacting contrapuntal filigree erected by the composer, yet every nuance of emotion is presented with disarming ‘naturel’.
Hour (Canada)

Guimond’s playing is poised. She maintains a noble line in rapid as well as slow passages, and while her replica baroque instrument is soft-toned, it has the resonance to suggest larger forces where this effect is desired …  A highly civilised disc.
The Gazette (Canada).

Although I am a great admirer of Telemann’s music, I hesitated long before buying this CD, … the reason being that I feared that almost an hour of music for flute solo might be boring. However, because I had enjoyed so many of Claire Guimond’s recordings with the Arion Ensemble, I decided to give it a try … and discovered that I had waited far too long! I have just listened to this CD twice straight through, and I can assure you there is not the slightest risk of boredom here!
Leslie Richford, Reviewer

Claire Guimond belongs unequivocally amongst the great…(She) stands out as a flautist to be reckoned with henceforth     – Alexis Kossenko, Répertoire des disques compacts, France, February 1997


Product Description

Claire Guimond, baroque flute

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 – 1767)

See the program notes here.

Twelve fantasias for solo flute.

1. Fantasia no. 1, in A major 3 :24
2. Fantasia no. 2, in A minor 4 :40
3. Fantasia no. 3, in B minor 3 :36
4. Fantasia no. 4, in B-flat major 4 :16
5. Fantasia no. 5, in C major 4 :59
6. Fantasia no. 6 , in D minor 5 :40
7. Fantasia no. 7, in D major 6 :15
8. Fantasia no. 8, in E minor 4 :30
9. Fantasia no. 9, in E major 5 :45
10. Fantasia no. 10, in F-sharp minor 4 :57
11. Fantasia no. 11, in G major 3 :37
12. Fantasia no. 12, in G minor 4 :51


Baroque flute by Alain Weemaels 1983, after an original by Rottenburgh.


claire guimondCLAIRE GUIMOND, baroque flute

Claire Guimond is a leading baroque flautist, recognised first in Canada and now well established on the world scene. She is a founding member and artistic director of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, with which she has frequently toured in North and South America and Europe. She performs regularly with Tafelmusik, features in radio and TV broadcasts and plays at many festivals in Europe and North America, performing under such distinguished conductors as Ton Koopman, Andrew Parrott, Barthold Kuijken, Jordi Savall, Nicholas McGegan, Philippe Herreweghe and Bruno Weil.

Ms. Guimond has an extensive discography of over 30 recordings distributed internationally. As well as Arion, these feature harpsichordists Gary Cooper and Luc Beausejour, cellist Jaap ter Linden and violinist Monica Huggett.

Claire Guimond is a member of, a site committed to the promotion of some of the world’s finest early music artists.


Recorded in August 1995 at the Eglise Saint-Joseph-de-Riviere-des-Prairies (Quebec)
Producer : Mario Labbé
Production coordinator : Claudia Berardi
Recording producer : Brad Michel, Clarion Productions
Sound engineer : Johanne Goyette, Studio L’Esplanade
Production supervisor : Alain Monast
Photo : André Panneton
Graphic design & production : Luc Beauchemin, Jean-François Denis.

FL2 3084

Made in Canada..