A Telemann Companion

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A Telemann Companion
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs & Georg Kallweit, with Dorothea Roschmann, Roman Trekel, Ruth Ziesak, etc

[ Harmonia Mundi / 7 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 7 July 2017

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This box offers a magisterial demonstration of the diversity of Telemann's output: operatic, first of all, with an exceptional approach to the famous myth of Orpheus; sacred with Brockes's account of the Passion of Christ, which inspired the composer to write a dense and powerful score; and finally orchestral with his concertante works with recorder (bravo Maestro Steger!) and a selection of overtures 'à la française' that constantly remind us of the influence of Italian and French music on his idiom. But beyond questions of genre, it is above all the incredible richness of his style that the expert Berlin musicians of the Akademie für Alte Musik have revealed to us over the past few years.

"Jacobs paces the oratorio as if it is a vivid religious opera… There are moments of brittle intensity that could have afforded more gentleness, but Jacobs's committed vision provides us with a valuable glimpse of Telemann's brilliant imagination." Gramophone Magazine, August 2009 [Brockes-Passion]

"Like Jacobs's earlier Harmonia Mundi recording of the opera Orpheus, it's a significant addition to the Telemann discography." The Guardian, 3rd April 2009 **** [Brockes-Passion]

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010 - Choral Finalist [Brockes-Passion]

"Altogether, this tribute to Telemann can be heartily endorsed for both newcomers and feinschmeckers alike...we can survey the broader landscape of his oeuvre. For those who are willing to dive into the big vocal scores, this is a supreme delight." AudAud September 2017


Dorothea Roschmann (Orasia), Roman Trekel (Orpheus), Ruth Ziesak (Eurydice), Maria Cristina Kiehr (Ismene), Werner Gura (Eurimedes), Isabelle Poulenard (Cephisa), Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Pluto), Axel Kohler (Ascalax)

Passion Oratorio 'Mich vom Stricke meiner Sünden' ('Brockes Passion'), TWV 5:1
Birgitte Christensen (Tochter Zion I, Gläubige Seele I, Maria, 3. Magd), Lydia Teuscher (Tochter Zion II, Gläubige Seele II, 2. Magd), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Judas, Gläubige Seele III, 1. Magd), Donát Havár (Petrus, Pilatus, Gläubige Seele IV, Hauptmann), Daniel Behle (Evangelist, Gläubige Seele VI) & Johannes Weisser (Jesus, Gläubige Seele V)

Hamburger Admiralitatsmusik 1723
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:F11 in F major for 4 horns, 2 oboes, 2 violins & b.c. 'Alster'
Suite TWV 55:g1 'La Musette'
Overture in F major, TWV55:F9
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:D22 in D major for 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & b.c. 'Ouverture jointe d'une suite tragi-comique'
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:D18 in D major for 2 trumpets, percussion, strings & b.c.
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:B5 in B flat major for strings & b.c. 'Volker-Ouverture'
Concerto TWV 51:A4 in A major for violin, strings & b.c. 'Die Relinge'
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:G2 in G major for strings & b.c. 'La Bizarre'
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:a2 in A minor for recorder (flute), strings & b.c.
Concerto TWV 51:C1 in C major for recorder, strings & b.c.
Maurice Steger (recorder)
Overture (Suite) TWV 55:C3 in C major for wind, strings & b.c. 'Hamburger Ebb und Fluth' ('Wassermusik')