Georg Philipp Telemann: Sacred Choral Music
Capriccio, Rheinische Kantorei, Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Georg-Philipp Telemann
Lulli is given praise, Corelli great acclaim; Telemann alone is above all fame', wrote the music author Johann Mattheson in 1740. Mattheson's claim was quite accurate: the director of music in Hamburg had less need to fight for recognition than ever. His leading role in the musical life of northern and central Germany was undisputed. With this 5-CD collection Capriccio presents some most important Sacred Music Masterpieces from his early age to the later period. Telemann attempted to give each poem the music that 'it could endure': each new 'musical poetry' consequently stimulated an attempt at an artistically suitable musical realisation.