Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, Volume 4
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, Volume Four

The cantatas for middle voice, transverse flute and basso continuo I

Catalogue Number: TOCC0084
EAN: 5060113440846
Release Date: 13 February 2012
Duration: 67:10

Third Sunday of Advent (TVWV 1:1483)
Epiphany Cantata (TVWV 1:921)
Cantata for the Feast of the Purification (TVWV 1:471)
Sexagesima Sunday (TVWV 1:1521)
Oculi Sunday (TVWV 1:1498)
First Day of Easter (TVWV 1:1534)

Bergen Barokk

This is the fourth CD in the first complete recording of the 72 cantatas from Georg Philipp Telemann’s collection Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, published in Hamburg in 1726 – the first complete set of cantatas for the liturgical year to appear in print. The cantatas are designated for voice, an obbligato instrument (recorder, violin, transverse flute or oboe) and basso continuo, and generally take the form of two da capo arias with an intervening recitative. Although intended for worship, both public and private, Telemann’s cantatas are a masterly blend of tunefulness with skilled counterpoint and vocal and instrumental virtuosity.

Booklet texts   (PDF)

Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 67:10
1-3 Third Sunday of Advent – Vor des lichten Tages Schein (TVWV 1:1483; Bärenreiter No. 67) (1725-26)

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

(first recording, first complete recording)
10:25
1 Aria: Vor des lichten Tages Schein 4:36 play
2 Rezitativ: O sichrer Sünder, fürchte dich! 2:05 play
3 Aria: Bist du selbst nicht engelrein 3:44 play
4-6 Epiphany Cantata – Ihr Völker hört (TVWV 1:921; Bärenreiter No. 3) (1725-26)

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

(first complete recording)
12:13
4 Aria: Ihr Völker hört 5:13 play
5 Rezitativ: Die Finsternis entweicht 2:53 play
6 Aria (Vivace): Halleluja! Ich opfre deinen Strahlen 4:07 play
7-9 Cantata for the Feast of the Purification – Erscheine, Gott, in deinem Tempel (TVWV 1:471; Bärenreiter No. 7) (1725-26)

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

(first complete recording)
11:20
7 Aria (Gratioso): Erscheine, Gott, in deinem Tempel 4:16 play
8 Rezitativ: Der Ort, den du zum Heiligtum erlesen 3:10 play
9 Aria (Allegro): Tod und Moder, dringt herein 3:54 play
10-13 Sexagesima Sunday – Was ist mir doch das Rühmen nütze? (TVWV 1:1521; Bärenreiter No. 12) (1725-26)

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

(first complete recording)
10:46
10 Aria (Largo): Was ist mir doch das Rühmen nütze? 4:06 play
11 Rezitativ: Wer bist du, Mensch, und was sind deine Gaben 1:28 play
12 Arioso: Laß dir an meiner Gnade g’nügen 1:16 play
13 Aria (Spiritoso): Gottes Kraft erhebt die Schwachen 3:56 play
14-16 Oculi Sunday – Wandelt in der Liebe (TVWV 1:1498; Bärenreiter No. 16) (1725-26)

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

(first recording, first complete recording)
10:28
14 Aria (Dolce ma non largo): Wandelt in der Liebe, gleich wie Christus uns geliebt! 5:06 play
15 Rezitativ: Ein Christ muss dem allein, nach welchem wir uns Christen nennen 1:45 play
16 Aria (Vivace): Wegre der schmeichelnden Wollust die Hände! 3:37 play
17-19 First Day of Easter – Weg mit Sodoms gift´gen Früchten (TVWV 1:1534; Bärenreiter No. 21) (1725-26)

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Franz Vitzthum, countertenor
Peter Holtslag, transverse flute
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

(first complete recording)
11:58
17 Aria: Weg mit Sodoms gift´gen Früchten 4:29 play
18 Rezitativ: Wie sollt´ich da, wo Not und Tod in Töpfen Vergnügung schöpfen 1:50 play
19 Aria (Andante e gratioso): Gewünschtes Fest der süssen Brote 5:39 play

Artists

Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann, composer

Bergen Barokk, recording Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Volume 3, TOCC0074

Bergen Barokk, ensemble
[credit: Jørn Pedersen]

Franz Vitzthum

Franz Vitzthum, countertenor

Peter Holtslag

Peter Holtslag, transverse flute

Hans-Knut-Sveen

Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord, organ

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello, viol

Reviews

Dramatic yet infused with musical taste

[…] Like the other discs of this set I reviewed (especially Volume 2, cantatas for middle voice), this disc is equally inspired. The ensemble is overall excellent, with Franz Vitzhum dead on pitch and shaping each line and ornament with care and attention. The performance is dramatic and yet infused with musical taste. Moreover, he blends with Peter Holtslag’s liquid flute playing so well that they almost seem as one. The tempos are, as on the other discs, both lively and sensitive to the Affekt of the text. The continuo likewise is an omnipresent partner, never overbearing but well integrated into the overall texture. Bergen Baroque has continued its march with the same extraordinary quality that brings Telemann’s music to life. This is one that will definitely be on my wish list for this year, and I for one cannot wait for the next installment.

Bertil van Boer Fanfare November 2012

Want List 2012

[…] The fourth volume of the Telemann Harmonischer Gottesdienst cycle with Bergen Baroque continues its trend in making some quite dramatic music out of works meant for smaller, less affluent churches of Lutheran Germany. This installment, the second for middle voice with countertenor Fritz Vitzthum, continues the finely nuanced and highly expressive performances of the other three volumes. Given that this is the third time I find myself including it in the Want List, I suspect that there will always be a state of intense anticipation for the next in the series […].

Bertil van Boer Fanfare November 2012

...Telemann's music was very popular, and that explains why, unusually, these cantatas were printed. Most cantatas of the time circulated in manuscript and directors of music exchanged liturgical compositions...

As I have often written in reviews of vocal music by Telemann he was a master in translating texts into music. In these six cantatas you will find many specimens of his skills in this department.

Johan van Veen MusicWeb International May 2012

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