This is the fourth CD in the first complete recording of the 72 cantatas from Georg Philipp Telemann's collection Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, published in Hamburg in 1726 — the first complete set of cantatas for the liturgical year to appear in print. The cantatas are designated for voice, an obbligato instrument (recorder, violin, transverse flute or oboe) and basso continuo, and generally take the form of two da capo arias with an intervening recitative. Although intended for worship, both public and private, Telemann's cantatas are a masterly blend of tunefulness with skilled counterpoint and vocal and instrumental virtuosity.
Catalogue No: TOCC0084EAN/UPC: 5060113440846Release Date: 13.02.2012Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann Artists: Bergen Barokk
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Epiphany Cantata – Ihr Völker hört (TVWV 1:921; Bärenreiter No. 3) (1725t26) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0084/TOCC0084t04.mp3
Cantata for the Feast of the Purification – Erscheine, Gott, in deinem Tempel (TVWV 1:471; Bärenreiter No. 7) (1725t26) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0084/TOCC0084t07.mp3
Sexagesima Sunday – Was ist mir doch das Rühmen nütze? (TVWV 1:1521; Bärenreiter No. 12) (1725t26) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0084/TOCC0084t10.mp3
Oculi Sunday – Wandelt in der Liebe (TVWV 1:1498; Bärenreiter No. 16) (1725t26) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0084/TOCC0084t14.mp3
First Day of Easter – Weg mit Sodoms gift´gen Früchten (TVWV 1:1534; Bärenreiter No. 21) (1725t26) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0084/TOCC0084t17.mp3
Bertil van Boer :
“The fourth volume of the Telemann Harmonischer Gottesdienst cycle with Bergen Baroque continues its trend in making some quite dramatic music out of works meant for smaller, less affluent churches of Lutheran Germany. This installment, the second for middle voice with countertenor Fritz Vitzthum, continues the finely nuanced and highly expressive performances of the other three volumes. Given that this is the third time I find myself including it in the Want List, I suspect that there will always be a state of intense anticipation for the next in the series ….” —Bertil van Boer, Fanfare
“Like the other discs of this set I reviewed (especially Volume 2, cantatas for middle voice), this disc is equally inspired. The ensemble is overall excellent, with Franz Vitzhum dead on pitch and shaping each line and ornament with care and attention. The performance is dramatic and yet infused with musical taste. … Bergen Baroque has continued its march with the same extraordinary quality that brings Telemann’s music to life. This is one that will definitely be on my wish list for this year, and I for one cannot wait for the next installment.” —Bertil van Boer, Fanfare
Johan van Veen :
“…Telemann’s music was very popular, and that explains why, unusually, these cantatas were printed. Most cantatas of the time circulated in manuscript and directors of music exchanged liturgical compositions… As I have often written in reviews of vocal music by Telemann he was a master in translating texts into music. In these six cantatas you will find many specimens of his skills in this department.” MusicWeb International
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