"The versatile, highly acclaimed early music ensemble, Zefiro, present a beautiful programme exploring the influence of water and the elements upon both Handel and Telemann, reissued at a special price for the Handel 250th anniversary this year…" ~prestoclassical
In this premiere recording, René Jacobs leads a cast of outstanding singers and musicians in a grand production of Georg Philipp Telemann's 'Orpheus.' The manuscripts of this operatic drama were only recently rediscovered and because of some missing material, the version presented here cleverly interpolates other music by Telemann (and his contemporaries) to complete the story.
Telemann's comic opera Den neumodische Liebhaber Damon was first performed at Leipzig in 1719, two years before he took up his position as Music Director at Hamburg. But in 1724 Hamburg's newly refurbished Gänsemarkt Opera House needed a new piece for its reopening; Telemann, who had taken over the running of the Gänsemarkt theater from Keiser in the previous year, revised his Leipzig opera for the occasion, its first Hamburg performance taking place on August 30th, 1724… - -NA, Gramophone
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, or properly, Freiburger Barockorchester, was founded in 1987 in the German city known as the unofficial "Capital of the Black Forest" by a group of students who shared an interest in playing Baroque music on authentic musical instruments. The first three years of its existence, the Freiburger Barockorchester performed without a conductor, preferring to select a musician from within its own ranks to lead its music on a case-by-case basis. Nevertheless, in 1990 Thomas Hengelbrock was named joint musical director along with Gottfried von der Goltz, a situation that lasted until 1997 when Hengelbrock stepped down. His place was taken by Petra M llejans, who leads the Freiburger Barockorchester in tandem with von der Goltz…. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis , Rovi
The accompaniment on all four concertos is provided by the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan and, as one can imagine, it is idiomatic and brilliant. Fans of Maurice André should rejoice to have all of these recordings available on one disc and if you've never heard André before, it's high time you did.
In each of these trios, Telemann prescribes a different instrumentation. He forms six entirely individual instrumentations consisting of four wind instruments, four stringed instruments, and continuo.