Telemann: Cantatas and Chamber Music with Recorder

Telemann: Cantatas and Chamber Music with Recorder
Composer Georg Philipp Telemann
Artist Gemma Bertagnolli soprano
Collegium Pro Musica
Stefano Bagliano recorder & concert master
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94334
EAN code 5028421943343
Release March 2013

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Born in Magdeburg in 1681, Georg Philipp Telemann rejected a vocation in law, insisting that music was to be his focus. An organiser of concerts and a publisher of musical scores, he was a highly versatile entrepreneur as well as a throughouly ‘modern’ musician, one who remained at the forefront of musical innovation throughout his career. Today he is widely regarded as Germany’s leading composer during the first half of the 18th century.

This release is centered around four cantatas taken from the composer’s Harmonischer Gottesdienst (‘Music for Religious Services’), a collection of cantatas for solo voice, flute, oboe or violin, and harpsichord that, on account of its idiomatic writing for voice, its relation to the instrumental parts and the many indications concerning interpretation, rests among the great achievements of the period. One of Telemann’s characteristic skills was his ability to imbue the arias with the sort of brilliance that we normally associate with solo concertos (consider the radiance of the initial aria in Deine Toten werden leben), and this extends to his often virtuosic use of the recorder in the works – an instrument with which he was obviously familiar. Indeed, that Telemann was a more than competent player himself can be seen from the quality and quantity of music that he wrote for the recorder, and it is two of his lesser-known creations for the instrument – the E minor Partita and the Trio Sonata in G minor – which form the remainder of this highly engaging disc.

Gemma Bertagnolli and Stefano Bagliano – both leading experts in the field of period Baroque performance – are the soprano and recorder soloists on this release, and are aptly supported by the historical group Collegium Pro Musica. The disc is a welcome addition to the rich assortment of Telemann recordings in Brilliant Classics’ ever-growing catalogue.

Other information:
- Gemma Bertagnolli is widely considered to be one of the leading sopranos in Early Music. She is a favoured soloist of such celebrities as Rene Jacobs, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Diego Fasolis, Trevor Pinnock, Ton Koopman, Ottavio Dantone and many others. Her voice is powerful, lyrical and passionate, always conveying the emotional message of the text.
- On this new recording (2012) Gemma joins the Early Music group of Stefano Bagliano, also a specialist in the field, in Cantatas for solo soprano, recorder and continuo, drawn from Die Harmonische Gottesdienst, brilliant works displaying vocal and instrumental virtuosity of a high level.
- Contains comprehensive booklet notes, sung texts and artist/ensemble biographies.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Deine Toten werden leben in E Minor for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV1:213: I. Aria: Deine Toten werden leben
  2. Deine Toten werden leben in E Minor for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV1:213: II. Recitativo: So scheut das Sterben weiter nicht
  3. Deine Toten werden leben in E Minor for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV1:213: III. Aria: Ihr Sterblichen!
  4. Hemmet den Eifer, verbannet die Rache in C Major for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo,.TWV1:730: I. Spiritoso
  5. Hemmet den Eifer, verbannet die Rache in C Major for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo,.TWV1:730: II. Recitativo
  6. Hemmet den Eifer, verbannet die Rache in C Major for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo,.TWV1:730: III. Dolce
  7. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: I. Andante
  8. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: II. Vivace
  9. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: III. Presto
  10. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: IV. Vivace
  11. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: V. Siciliana
  12. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: VI. Vivace
  13. Partita No. 5 in E Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV41:E1: VII. Presto
  14. Du bist verflucht, o Schreckensstimme in A Minor for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV1:385: I. Aria: Du bist verflucht, o Schreckensstimme
  15. Du bist verflucht, o Schreckensstimme in A Minor for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV1:385: II. Recitativo: So ist’s: Seitdem bei Edens Baum
  16. Du bist verflucht, o Schreckensstimme in A Minor for Soprano, Recorder and Basso Continuo, TWV1:385: III. Aria: Frohlocket, ihr seligen Kinder der Freien!
  17. Trio Sonata in G Minor for Two Recorders and Basso Continuo, TWV42:G8: I. Affettuoso
  18. Trio Sonata in G Minor for Two Recorders and Basso Continuo, TWV42:G8: II. Vivace
  19. Trio Sonata in G Minor for Two Recorders and Basso Continuo, TWV42:G8: III. Andante
  20. Trio Sonata in G Minor for Two Recorders and Basso Continuo, TWV42:G8: IV. Presto
  21. Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt in F Major for Soprano, Two Oboes (Recorders) and Basso Continuo, TWV1:168: I. Aria
  22. Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt in F Major for Soprano, Two Oboes (Recorders) and Basso Continuo, TWV1:168: II. Recitativo
  23. Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt in F Major for Soprano, Two Oboes (Recorders) and Basso Continuo, TWV1:168: III. Dolce