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How a trip to Poland inspired Telemann to experiment with folk flavours. Plus how he worked with the best performers around him to create a series of very popular concerts.

It was his summer sojourns with perhaps his most enlightened employer which saw Telemann's musical outlook transformed. In Poland he heard enough folk songs in eight days to last him a lifetime.

Today we hear some of the fruits of those trips, brought vividly to life by the group Holland Baroque whose recordings are something of a mash-up of Telemann's music and the folk tunes of the day. Plus we discover how Telemann worked with the best performers around him to create a series of concerts so popular that a parking crisis ensued.

With Donald Macleod.

Les Janissaires, TWV.55:D17
Holland Baroque Society
Milos Valent, violin

Concerto in D for Trumpet and Violin, TWV.53:D5
Ingeborg Scheerer, violin, Hannes Rux, trumpet
La Stagione Frankfurt
Michael Schneider, director

Pastorelle (conclusion)
Doerthe Maria Sandmann, soprano (Caliste)
Barbara Fink, soprano (Iris)
Mathias Haussmann, baritone (Damon)
Lydia Vierlinger, contralto (Amyntas)
Bernhard Berchtold, tenor (Knirfix)
Capella Leopoldina
Kirill Karabits, conductor

Suite in B flat 'Perpetuum Mobile' (and traditional Polish dances)
Holland Baroque Society
Milos Valent, violin.

1 hour

Music Played

  • John Lennon / Paul McCartney

    Norwegian wood

    Performer: Jim Couza.
    • SAYDISC: CDSDL335.
    • Saydisc.
    • 11.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Les janissaires

    Performer: Miloš Valent. Ensemble: Holland Baroque Society.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS:CCSSA31911.
    • 2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto In D major

    Performer: Ingeborg Scheerer. Performer: Hannes Rux. Ensemble: La Stagione Frankfurt. Director: Michael Schneider.
    • CPO: 7778902.
    • 17.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Pastorelle (conclusion)

    Singer: Doerthe Maria Sandmann. Singer: Barbara Fink. Singer: Mathias Haussmann. Singer: Lydia Vierlinger. Singer: Lydia Vierlinger. Singer: Bernhard Berchtold. Singer: Bernhard Berchtold. Ensemble: Capella Leopoldina. Ensemble: Capella Leopoldina. Conductor: Kirill Karabits. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • CAPRICCIO: 7105455.
    • 13.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite In B flat major (perpetuum mobile)

    Performer: Miloš Valent. Ensemble: Holland Baroque Society.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS: CCSSA31911.
    • 11.

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