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‘I would love to have met Telemann. His autobiographies, his letters, and reports from his friends and colleagues portray him as an interesting, lively, cheerful, and many-faceted person. His music reflects these same qualities.

He totally understood the character and technical possibilities of the many instruments he learned to play, and obviously enjoyed respecting each instrument’s idiom. In his own time, just as today, this made his players – both amateurs and professionals – happy, and lies at the basis of his great popularity.’

Barthold Kuijken

Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767)
The Colourful Telemann
Ouverture • Concertos
Sonata • Sinfonia Melodica

Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Barthold Kuijken

The Colourful Telemann presents works from different periods of Georg Philipp Telemann’s life, reflecting his lively personality and exploring his seemingly unlimited invention over a wide variety of styles and genres. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, Telemann wrote music that stands out for its delightful and remarkably generous character, each piece like a leisurely walk with a good friend. From the German and French influences of the earlier Sonata to the dignified Sinfonia Melodica, possibly composed in the year of his death, this is Telemann at his best.

Listen to an extract from Concerto for 2 Flutes, Violin and Cello,
TWV 54:D1:
III. Allegro
About the Artists
Barthold Kuijken is an eminent leader in the field of early music. A virtuoso traverso soloist, teacher and conductor, he has shaped the fields of historical flutes and historically informed performance over the last 40 years. His book, The Notation Is Not the Music, is an artful summary of his research, ideas, and reflections on music.
Named one of the top 25 ensembles in celebration of Early Music America’s 25th anniversary in 2011, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra is dedicated to excellent and exuberant performances of 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. It is led by its artistic director, Barthold Kuijken.
More recordings featuring the music of Georg Philipp Telemann
‘It is a pleasure to listen to this wonderful music and stunningly beautiful violin playing again and again.’
American Record Guide
Don Quixote
La Lyra
Ouverture in D
(Orchestral Suites)

Northern Chamber Orchestra
‘Each of the works in this program is delightful in its orchestrational genius, and all are played with great style and conviction...Warm and vibrant sound quality, with concise and informative program notes round this disc off nicely, adding yet another gem to the Naxos diadem. Pure delight, this. Buy it.’
MusicWeb International
Sonatas and Concertos
L’Accademia Giocosa
‘If you have tired of the other over-recorded works of Telemann, this is a recording that will reopen your ears.’
American Record Guide
REbaroque • Lindal
Trio Sonatas
Biondi • Tripla Concordia

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