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Telemann: Christmas Oratorio & Cantatas

Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Ludger Rémy

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CPO's Georg Philipp Telemann: Christmas Oratorio consists of three choral works that come from the last part of Telemann's voluminous oeuvre. The oratorio Die Hirten an der Krippe zu Bethlehem ("The Shepherds at the Crib of Bethlehem") dates from 1759 and has a libretto by poet Karl Wilhelm Ramler, who also contributed the text to Telemann's great masterwork Die Auferstehung und Himmerfahrt Jesu. It is a short oratorio, and CPO has filled out the disc with a pair of Christmas cantatas that post-date it, Siehe, ich verkündige Euch (1761) and Der Herr hat offenbaret (1762). When Telemann composed the last of these cantatas, he was 81 years of age! Listeners who are familiar with the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach will find Telemann's work in this genre comparatively clear of Bach's busy counterpoint and a little closer to the vein of Handel, but also not like him. Although Telemann often recycled cantata texts, he seldom saw the need to reuse musical themes as did Bach. Telemann's seemingly inexhaustible supply of compelling melodic ideas is astounding in the pieces heard here, especially when one considers that at this point he was well past composing his 3,000th work. Although the music makes for pleasant, even somewhat easy, listening apart from the words, once one delves into the cantata texts the listener gets a sense of how well the music fits them. The harmonic coloring of Der Herr hat offenbaret, which is a little darker in tone than the other two, is an aspect of the music that becomes additionally moving as the performance unfolds. These performances are led, and the editions made, by harpsichordist Ludger Rémy, who has done a lot to revive Telemann works that are unknown. The soloists are very good, particularly bass-baritone Klaus Mertens in the oratorio. For some reason the opening of Die Hirten an der Krippe zu Bethlehem is a little tenuous and tepid, but about 10 minutes in the disc takes off and is of consistent excellence to the end. For those who already know some of Telemann's sacred music, Georg Philipp Telemann: Christmas Oratorio will prove a delight, and to others seeking an introduction to it this is a good place to start. However, for those who are just seeking a novel bit of Christmas music to vary the Yuletide diet, this is an excellent choice; from the very first notes on the disc it is immediately apparent that this is Christmas music even if one has never heard it, and has no idea who or what it is.
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Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem, TWV 1:797, Pt. 1 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

1
I. O Jesu parvule
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:01:33

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

2
II. Shepherd's Song & Accompagnato. Hier schläft es, o wie süss
Mechthild Georg
00:02:19

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Mechthild Georg, Artist, MainArtist - Andreas Post, Artist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

3
III. Hirten aus den goldnen Zeiten
Klaus Mertens
00:05:46

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

4
IV. Zwingt die Saiten in Kithara
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:00:58

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

5
V. Der Löwe wiegt in seinen Klauen
Mechthild Georg
00:01:35

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist - Mechthild Georg, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

6
VI. Kehre wieder, holder Friedel
Mechthild Georg
00:03:35

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist - Mechthild Georg, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Die Hirten bei der Krippe zu Bethlehem, TWV 1:797, Pt. 2 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

7
VII. Das hat er alles uns getan - Des dank ihm alle Christenheit
Klaus Mertens
00:01:46

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

8
VIII. Die Pestilenz darf ferner
Klaus Mertens
00:01:40

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

9
IX. Schönstes Kind aus Juda Samen
Andreas Post
00:06:11

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Andreas Post, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

10
X. Wir Christenleut
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:01:02

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

11
XI. Ach sehtl Das Kind erwacht
Mechthild Georg
00:02:53

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist - Mechthild Georg, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

12
XII. Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:02:17

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude, TWV 1:1334 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

13
I. Quote. Siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude
Constanze Backes
00:01:53

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Constanze Backes, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

14
II. Was für ein Glanzl
Klaus Mertens
00:00:36

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

15
III. Quote. Siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude
Constanze Backes
00:01:55

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Constanze Backes, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

16
IV. Ehre sei Gott in der höhe
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:02:16

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

17
V. Der Heiland ist uns heut' gebohren
Andreas Post
00:00:31

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Andreas Post, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

18
VI. Frohlocket, ihr hoffenden gläubigen Frommen
Klaus Mertens
00:04:58

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

19
VII. Auff wirf den Schleyer weg
Andreas Post
00:01:18

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Andreas Post, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

20
VIII. Ihr Himmel, Erd' und Meere
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:02:48

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

21
IX. Der Friede Gottes wohnt in mir
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:00:52

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Der Herr hat offenbaret, TWV 1:262 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

22
I. Der Herr hat offenbaret
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:02:08

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

23
II. Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:00:30

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

24
III. Schmachte nicht mehr, Kreis der Erden
Constanze Backes
00:05:23

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Constanze Backes, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

25
IV. Bedeckte sonst nur Finsterniss das Land
Mechthild Georg
00:01:24

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Mechthild Georg, Artist, MainArtist - Andreas Post, Artist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

26
V. Er wechselt mit uns wunderlich
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:00:32

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

27
VI. So jauchzet, o Sünder, ihr sollet nicht sterben
Klaus Mertens
00:05:43

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Klaus Mertens, Artist, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

28
VII. Der Herr hat offenbaret seinen heiligen Arm
Michaelstein Chamber Choir
00:02:10

Ludger Rémy, Conductor - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Michaelstein Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Album Description

CPO's Georg Philipp Telemann: Christmas Oratorio consists of three choral works that come from the last part of Telemann's voluminous oeuvre. The oratorio Die Hirten an der Krippe zu Bethlehem ("The Shepherds at the Crib of Bethlehem") dates from 1759 and has a libretto by poet Karl Wilhelm Ramler, who also contributed the text to Telemann's great masterwork Die Auferstehung und Himmerfahrt Jesu. It is a short oratorio, and CPO has filled out the disc with a pair of Christmas cantatas that post-date it, Siehe, ich verkündige Euch (1761) and Der Herr hat offenbaret (1762). When Telemann composed the last of these cantatas, he was 81 years of age! Listeners who are familiar with the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach will find Telemann's work in this genre comparatively clear of Bach's busy counterpoint and a little closer to the vein of Handel, but also not like him. Although Telemann often recycled cantata texts, he seldom saw the need to reuse musical themes as did Bach. Telemann's seemingly inexhaustible supply of compelling melodic ideas is astounding in the pieces heard here, especially when one considers that at this point he was well past composing his 3,000th work. Although the music makes for pleasant, even somewhat easy, listening apart from the words, once one delves into the cantata texts the listener gets a sense of how well the music fits them. The harmonic coloring of Der Herr hat offenbaret, which is a little darker in tone than the other two, is an aspect of the music that becomes additionally moving as the performance unfolds. These performances are led, and the editions made, by harpsichordist Ludger Rémy, who has done a lot to revive Telemann works that are unknown. The soloists are very good, particularly bass-baritone Klaus Mertens in the oratorio. For some reason the opening of Die Hirten an der Krippe zu Bethlehem is a little tenuous and tepid, but about 10 minutes in the disc takes off and is of consistent excellence to the end. For those who already know some of Telemann's sacred music, Georg Philipp Telemann: Christmas Oratorio will prove a delight, and to others seeking an introduction to it this is a good place to start. However, for those who are just seeking a novel bit of Christmas music to vary the Yuletide diet, this is an excellent choice; from the very first notes on the disc it is immediately apparent that this is Christmas music even if one has never heard it, and has no idea who or what it is.
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