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Telemann: Trauer-actus - Kantaten / Junghanel, Cantus Colln

Telemann / Colln / Junghanel
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 1951768  
Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc joins several other recent issues in its exploration of hitherto largely untapped sacred vocal music belonging to Telemann’s precocious youth. Indeed, two of the five pieces are thought to be products of a teenage pen. Another, ‘Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht in deinem Zorn’ (Psalm 6), may be the work which established Telemann’s early musical reputation in Leipzig while still a student at the University. Though these are pieces full of interest they almost disappear in the shadow of the funeral cantata ‘Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin’. This beautifully crafted composition was very possibly written while Telemann was in his twenties and is an early manifestation of the expressive delicacy and melodic lyricism which characterise his idiom. Read more The performers have been able to avail themselves of Jakob Ditmar’s copy, once thought to have been destroyed in World War II, but which was among the 200-plus cantatas by Telemann belonging to the Berlin Sing-Akademie archive that recently surfaced in the Ukraine (earlier recordings depended upon a reconstruction by Gustav Fock). Cantus Cölln under its director Konrad Junghänel achieves thoughtful and polished performances which are attentive equally to literary and musical detail. Their account of the ‘Trauer-Actus’ is superior to any predecessor, and its scoring, similar at times to that of Bach’s ‘Actus tragicus’ (BWV 106) – both may well belong to the same decade – is sustained transparently and with lightly articulated inflections.
Performance 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine Reviewing original release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin, TV 4 no 17 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
2.
Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht, TV 7 no 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1701-05; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Sei getreu bis in den Tod, TV 1 no 1283 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Frankfurt, Germany 
4.
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, TV 4 no 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Hamburg, Germany 
5.
Schaffe in mir Gott ein reines Herz, TV 1 no 1238 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Hamburg, Germany 

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