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Telemann: Vocal And Instrumental Music / Ziesak, Et Al


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83166   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jan KobowRuth ZiesakSonja ErwiedArnon Zlotnik,   ... 
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal EnsembleLes Favorites
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Telemann's instrumental music is far better known than his vocal and choral works, but it shouldn't be. The collection of motets and psalm settings presented here joins earlier recordings of cantatas (Carus, Capriccio, CPO), motets, and a St. Matthew Passion (Raumklang) to help bring deserving attention to a large yet still underappreciated part of Telemann's oeuvre. All of these previous recordings have been reviewed here, but most pertinent to the current release are my comments regarding the cantatas and motets , the latter containing several
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The disc's title work is a substantial motet (10 and a half minutes) based on the famous Luther hymn--and, in a style reminiscent of many of Bach's chorale treatments, the tune runs in ingeniously varied ways through each of the five verses. It's the disc's highlight, both in terms of the sophistication and continuously appealing musical details and for the full-bodied, vibrant choral singing (the sopranos resplendent and the choir perfectly balanced with the instruments). Telemann's psalm setting Singet dem Herrn (a different psalm text from Bach's similarly titled masterpiece for double chorus) is another extended work--nine movements employing solos, duets, and choruses--likely written relatively early in Telemann's career, yet it shows skillful organization, nicely compact sections, interesting choral writing, and artful integration of orchestral instruments.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise here is the group of instrumental selections--"movements from festive music Telemann composed for funerals of two Hamburg mayors"--that occupy the middle portion of the program. This is some of the most mellifluous, tuneful, and rhythmically fluent music you'll hear outside of Handel--and Telemann's particular use of trumpets, trombones, and winds brings an extraordinarily rich color (unlike anything you'll find in Bach) to these grand yet reverent scores (the sound of the "muffled" timpani, whose purpose is explained in the notes, is just right).

The baroque orchestra Les Favorites, founded only a couple of years ago, is a really fine ensemble, and it's well-led by Holger Speck, who keeps tempos flowing smoothly and articulation clear and crisp. All of the solo singers are expert, the choir is marvelous, and the sound, from a Karlsruhe church, complements voices and instruments with ample space, natural timbres, and careful balances. What else need be said, except "More Telemann!"

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, TV 8 no 7 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Sonja Erwied (Soprano),
Arnon Zlotnik (Alto), Konstantin Wolff (Bass), Michael Berner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble,  Les Favorites
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Hamburg, Germany 
2. Es segne uns Gott, TV 8 no 8 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Sonja Erwied (Soprano),
Arnon Zlotnik (Alto), Konstantin Wolff (Bass), Michael Berner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble,  Les Favorites
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
3. Halt, was du hast, TV 8 no 9 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Sonja Erwied (Soprano),
Arnon Zlotnik (Alto), Konstantin Wolff (Bass), Michael Berner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble,  Les Favorites
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
4. Hamburger Trauermusik , TV 50 no A 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Favorites
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5. Ich danke den Herrn von ganzem Herzen by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Sonja Erwied (Soprano),
Arnon Zlotnik (Alto), Konstantin Wolff (Bass), Michael Berner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble,  Les Favorites
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1755; Germany 
6. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Sonja Erwied (Soprano),
Arnon Zlotnik (Alto), Konstantin Wolff (Bass), Michael Berner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Holger Speck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble,  Les Favorites
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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