What I like best about this series is the sound of the ensemble. L’Orfeo Bläserensemble performs with period instruments. The result is a much warmer sound than that of a modern wind ensemble.
And the basso continuo is ever-present, although not as prominent as it is in other ensembles. The ensemble uses a bassoon for the bass line, and alternatively a lute and a harpsichord for the harmonies. The harpsichord is buried deep in the mix, softening the edge of the instrument’s sound.
The bulk of the melodies are performed with natural horns and baroque oboes. These two groups of instruments contrast nicely while maintaining the warmth I mentioned earlier.
The Baroque wind ensemble has a unique sound I quite enjoy. And perhaps you will, too. If you do, pick up Volume One as well. It’s equally good.
Georg Philipp Telemann: Wind Overtures, Vol. 2
L’Orfeo Bläserensemble; Carin van Heerden, conductor