Telemann - Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Vol.3 | Toccata Classics TOCC0074

Telemann - Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Vol.3


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0074

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st March 2011



This is the third volume in the highly acclaimed first complete set of recordings of the 72 cantatas from Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, published in Hamburg in 1726.

The Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst was the first complete set of cantatas for the liturgical year ever to be published, and copies were to be found across Germany. J S Bach’s nephew wrote in 1758 that Telemann’s church music "is by now so much appreciated that there cannot be many Protestant churches in Germany where they do not perform Telemann’s annual cantata series".

The cantatas are designed for voice, an obbligato instrument (recorder, violin, transverse flute or oboe) and basso continuo in the form of two da capo arias with an intervening recitative, and show a masterly blend of tunefulness with skilled counterpoint and vocal/instrumental virtuosity.

The reduced forces would have made them useful for performance at home as well as in church. In the churches of Telemann’s day, the usual performance practice was to perform one cantata before the sermon and another one afterwards, and occasionally musicians even had to rush from church to church during the sermons, in order to meet the requirements of specific instrumentations.

Telemann also had private worship in mind when he wrote them, stating in the preface that the music is "more meant for private use and for domestic rather than church worship".

Bergen Barokk, established in 1994, is one of Norway’s leading early-music ensembles. They have numerous recordings to their name and are supported by the City of Bergen, the Norwegian Cultural Council and The University of Bergen.

Series Reviews:
an incredibly good start to what looks to be a promising series… Telemann fans are going to have to make a lot of room on their record shelves’ - All Music Guide

After so much enjoying Bergen Barokk’s first disc for Toccata Classics I am delighted to see this group embarking on this new project…These are delightful works.’ - Classical Source

these recordings are a real delight and provide a welcome introduction to an under-represented aspect of Telemann’s music’ - Music Web International

If I were giving an award for Baroque disc of the year, this one [Vol 2] would win it. Urgently recommended.’ - Fanfare

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