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Telemann: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra And Musica Antiqua Cologne

The complete 'Musique de Table' with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and string concertos with Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv Produktion).

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

Members of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Georg Philipp Telemann was the most prominent composer in Germany during the late Baroque. He was also one of the most prolific. Among his many compositions is a three-part collection of pieces entitled Musique de Table, or “Table Music,” which refers to the menu-like organization of each part—Ouverture, quartet, concerto, trio, solo, and conclusion. In a sense, Telemann created a musical banquet.

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s new Harmonia Mundi recording of the complete Musique de Table is an absolute joy to listen to. The performance is vibrant, expressive, and often quite commanding in its approach to Telemann. I’ve yet to listen to a Freiburg Baroque Orchestra recording that wasn’t world-class—the latest is no different in that respect.

Georg Philipp Telemann: Conclusion in Bb major, Allegro-Adagio-Allegro
Freiburger Barockorchester/Petra Müllejans and Gottfried von der Goltz — Musique de Table: The Complete Tafelmusik (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Another German ensemble known for their Telemann recordings is the now disbanded Musica Antiqua Cologne. The 2000 Archiv Produktion release of string concertos is surely one of the group’s finest. The inclusion of Telemann’s concerto for viola is the most exciting, if rare, on a period instrument recording.

Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Viola, Strings, and Basso Continuo, TWV 51:G9, II. Allegro
Musica Antiqua Cologne/Reinhard Goebel — Telemann String Concertos (Archiv Produktion , 2000)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Conclusion in Bb major, Allegro-Adagio-Allegro
Freiburger Barockorchester/Petra Müllejans and Gottfried von der Goltz — Musique de Table: The Complete Tafelmusik (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in B minor, II. Allegro
Freiburger Barockorchester/Petra Müllejans and Gottfried von der Goltz — Musique de Table: The Complete Tafelmusik (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Two Violas, Strings, and Basso Continuo, TWV 52:G3, IV. Vif
Musica Antiqua Cologne/Reinhard Goebel — Telemann String Concertos (Archiv Produktion , 2000)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Viola, Strings, and Basso Continuo, TWV 51:G9, II. Allegro
Musica Antiqua Cologne/Reinhard Goebel — Telemann String Concertos (Archiv Produktion , 2000)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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