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Klassiek - Verschijnt op 21 augustus 2020 | Christophorus

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 31 juli 2020 | Classical Tunes - Leonardo LOcatelli

Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 juli 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 juli 2020 | Naxos

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 juli 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Bridge Records

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Christophorus

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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Christophorus

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 juli 2020 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 13 juli 2020 | Planet Blue Records

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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 10 juli 2020 | CPO

Even in the context of Georg Philip Telemann being known as one of the most prolific composers of all time, the fact that he composed over 40 passion settings is extraordinary. Equally extraordinary is that they generally don't get much of a look-in when it comes to either recordings or performances. In fact, while Kurt Redel rescued and recorded the St. Mark Passion of 1959 for Philips back in 1965, to my knowledge this is now unavailable, making this offering from Hermann Max and his musicians effectively the only one in town. It's a shame too, because while Telemann's passions perhaps don't have the contrapuntal complexity of the big four by his dear friend J. S. Bach, this new recording serves as a welcome reminder that in them, beyond oodles of dramatic flair heightened by highly effective word-painting (check out the racing semiquaver figures opening Ekkehard Abele's urgent Ihr fliehet recitative, for instance), Telemann displayed all his usual talents for beautiful melodies capable of instantly hooking in the “common man”. Likewise with the libretto, because this features freshly-penned “poetical reflections” added to the Evangelist's text. Plus, when 1759 was nine years after the death of Bach, we're firmly out of the fugal era and firmly into the hummable galant era anyway. Back to Max and his band, and this is a period instrument offering using a contemporary manuscript housed in Brussels which until recently had been wrongly attributed to Johann Heinrich Rolle. Also worth saying up top is that the Evangelist part, which Telemann scored unusually for male alto, has been transposed down an octave into the baritone range. As for how it sounds, the answer is heavenly. For starters, it's been recorded in a wonderfully generous acoustic of the Klosterbasilika Knechtsteden, Dormagen, which gives a great sense of space and atmosphere to the music. Then there's the actual performances – bright, lucid, beautifully blended choral singing from the Rheinische Kantorei; crisply warm, vibrant and lyrical playing from Das Kleine Konzert; loving, under-the-libretto's-skin interpretations from the soloists themselves, topped by tenor George Poplutz as the Evangelist. Highlights? Well, beyond telling you to just listen to the lot, one example of all the top-draw singing, stylish orchestral playing and engineering balance coming beautifully together would be the way the super-glued-together pair of flutes softly chutter, coo and weave themselves around silvery-pure Veronika Winter in the aria Lieblich's Wort aus Jesu Munde, placed just behind both her and the brightly glowing strings in the balance. Really though, carve out the time to immerse yourself in this one from start to finish. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 juli 2020 | Abrsm

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 9 juli 2020 | Paula

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 juli 2020 | EUROPEAN GRAMOPHONE

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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 14 juni 2020 | Planet Blue Records

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 12 juni 2020 | Indésens

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 5 juni 2020 | CAFUA

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 26 mei 2020 | Lomo Audio Records

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 mei 2020 | Lomo Audio Records

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