Harmonia Podcast #136: Telemann ‘Tafelmusik’ and String Concertos



The Complete Tafelmusik

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra‘s new CD of the Tafelmusik by Georg Philipp Telemann is the latest (and perhaps the most distinguished) of the few ensembles that have recorded the complete work.

Alongside recordings by Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv Produktion), Camerata of the 18th Century (MDG), Musica Amphion (Brilliant Classics), and Orchestra of the Golden Age (Naxos), I only know of only one other—a memorable survey by Concentus Musicus Wien on the Das Alte Werk label (issued in the 1980s and re-released in 2009), which I’ve spent hours listening to over and over again.

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra has definitely put their unique stamp on music of the Baroque, this time, giving Telemann special attention and previous recordings of the Tafelmusik a run for their money.

String Concertos

Before coming across Telemann String Concertos with Musica Antiqua Cologne, I had been looking around, off and on, for a period-instrument recording of Telemann’s concerto for viola. I found it this summer, by complete accident, and have been addicted to it ever since. As usual, with Musica Antiqua’s releases, the entire recording is excellent.

LISTEN: #136—Telemann: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Musica Antiqua Cologne

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Learn more: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra website.

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