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The Making of the Man

Donald Macleod explains how the young Telemann was determined to succeed despite the efforts of a reluctant parent. Including Overture (Les Turcs); Fantasia No 12 in G minor.

Telemann was a many-splendoured thing: gardener, translator, theorist, publisher, poet, entrepreneur, and an early tech-geek. He also earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as music's most prolific composer. But is that necessarily an accolade to be proud of?

And so Donald Macleod sets out to uncover the real Georg Philipp Telemann - a prolific, industrious polymath or, as one historian put it, a purveyor of 'factory products' achieved 'by dint of sedulous scribbling'. We also have to wrestle with a primary source on the composer which is at once both a treasure trove, and a route map of garden alleys. Johann Mattheson's 'autobiography' of the composer is a product of its time, with its tantalising combination of hard facts and fantasy.

In the opening programme we meet the young Telemann, and try to hang some hard facts on Mattheson's tantalising portrait. We quickly discover that industry and tenacity ran in the composer's blood from an early age, as his mother puts all her effort into diverting her precocious son as far from a career in music as possible.

Overture in B flat, TWV 55:B5 - 'Les Turcs'
Arte dei Suonatori
Martin Gester, director

Fantasia No.12 in G minor, TWV.40:13
Barthold Kuijken, flute

Cantata: Es wollt uns Gott genädig sein
Bach Consort Leipzig, Saxony Baroque Orchestra

Ein guter Mut (Oden 1741)
Klaus Mertens, baritone
Ludger Remy, harpsichord

'La Bizarre' Overture, TWV.55:G2
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
René Jacobs, director.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 19 Jun 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Les turcs

    Performer: Martin Gester. Orchestra: Arte dei Suonatori.
    • BIS : 1979.
    • BIS.
    • 11.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Fantasia no.12 in G minor

    Performer: Barthold Kuijken.
    • ACCENT: ACC57803D.
    • 12.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Es wollt uns gott genädig sein

    Ensemble: Bach Consort.
    • CPO: 7777532.
    • CPO.
    • 7.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    24 Theils ernsthafte, theils scherzende - no. 16; Ein guter Mut

    Singer: Klaus Mertens. Director: Ludger Rémy.
    • CPO : 999- 816-2.
    • CPO.
    • 17.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture (suite) In G major

    Ensemble: Berlin Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI: HMG 508396.97.
    • 1.


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