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Telemann: Cantatas And Odes / Rene Jacobs, Berlin Academy


Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5013   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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TELEMANN Cantatas and Odes René Jacobs (ct); Academy for Ancient Music Berlin (period instruments) CAPRICCIO 5013 (59:58 Text and Translation)


An den Schalf. Die Einsamkeit. Getreue Music-Meister: Das Frauenzimmer. Emma und Eginhard: Vergiss dich selbst. Meines Bleibens ist nicht hier. Nach Finsternis und Todesschatten. Tirsis am Read more Scheidewege. Concerto Grosso in e: Adagio in G


At the time of the original release of this recording in 1992, recorded exploration of Telemann’s vocal music was still in its infancy. In the ensuing 17 years, many recordings have appeared, although they represent only a small fraction of Telemann’s incredible output. This recording contains three cantatas, a short ode, and three arias, one from his opera Emma und Eginhard . The longest work on this disc is the cantata Tirsis am Scheidewege . Tirsis, at a crossroads, is torn between Sylvia (love) and Phyllis (honor). He chooses to follow the example of a nearby nightingale and chooses freedom instead. Scored for strings and recorder, it is the most attractive of the works on this disc. The other two cantatas are religious in nature; one is scored for oboe, strings, and continuo, the other for strings and continuo. The ode and arias are simpler works, accompanied only by harpsichord. All of these works are proof of Telemann’s unending melodic fecundity.


René Jacobs is the star here. He was never one of my favorite countertenors, his vocal production often marred by mannerisms. Here he is on his best behavior. His voice is strong throughout its range, and he even allows some vibrato, of which I heartily approve. The conductorless Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin provides excellent accompaniment.


Only Die Einsamkeit can be found elsewhere. For those wishing to sample Telemann’s vocal music, this recording is as good a place to start as any.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto Grosso in E minor: Adagio by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Tirsis am Scheidewege, TV 20 no 22 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1731; Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Getreue Music-Meister: no 14, Das Frauenzimmer verstimmt sich immer by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Emma und Eginhard: Vergiss dich selbst, mein schönster Engel by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
An den Schlaf by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Nach Finsternis und Todesschatten by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Singe-, Spiel- und Generalbass-Übungen: no 24, Die Einsamkeit, TV 25 no 62 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  René Jacobs (Alto)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Meines Bleibens ist nicht hier by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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