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Telemann: Passion Cantatas / Mertens, Ad-El, Accademia Daniel

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  1. Telemann, G.P. — Die stille Nacht, TWV 1:364: Accompanied: Die stille Nacht umschloss den Kreiss der Erden $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Telemann, G.P. — Die stille Nacht, TWV 1:364: Aria: Ich bin betrubt bis in den Tod $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Telemann, G.P. — Die stille Nacht, TWV 1:364: Recitative: Er rung die heilgen Hande aus uberhauftem Schmerz $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Telemann, G.P. — Die stille Nacht, TWV 1:364: Aria: Mein Vater! $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Telemann, G.P. — Die stille Nacht, TWV 1:364: Recitative: Allein, die Angst nahm jeden Nu mit Haufen zu $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Telemann, G.P. — Die stille Nacht, TWV 1:364: Aria: Kommet her, ihr Menschenkinder $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Telemann, G.P. — Was gibst du denn, TWV 1:1510: Chorale: Was gibst du denn, o meine Seele $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Telemann, G.P. — Was gibst du denn, TWV 1:1510: Recitative: Was, Herz, was wahlest du? $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Telemann, G.P. — Was gibst du denn, TWV 1:1510: Aria: Zerreisse die Bande, ersticke die Triebe $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Telemann, G.P. — Was gibst du denn, TWV 1:1510: Recitative: Weg Welt, hinaus $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Telemann, G.P. — Was gibst du denn, TWV 1:1510: Aria: Jesu, dem ich angehore $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Telemann, G.P. — Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen, TWV 1:983: Aria: Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Telemann, G.P. — Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen, TWV 1:983: Recitative: Erbarmenswurdiger Blick! $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Telemann, G.P. — Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen, TWV 1:983: Aria: Mein liebster Heiland, konnt ich doch mit dir erblassen $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Telemann, G.P. — Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen, TWV 1:983: Recitative: Jedoch, da dirs gefallt $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Telemann, G.P. — Jesus liegt in letzten Zugen, TWV 1:983: Aria: Darauf freuet sich mein Geist $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Telemann, G.P. — Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen, TWV 1:884: Aria: Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Telemann, G.P. — Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen, TWV 1:884: Recitative: Ach, wer die Frucht des Kreuzes nur bedachte $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Telemann, G.P. — Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen, TWV 1:884: Aria: Ich kusse die Rute mit freudigem Mute $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Telemann, G.P. — Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen, TWV 1:884: Recitative: Und zwar, was sag ich weiter? $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Telemann, G.P. — Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen, TWV 1:884: Aria: Ach, mein Heiland $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Telemann, G.P. — Ach Herr, lehr uns, TWV 1:24: Chorale: Ach Herr, lehr uns Bedenken wohl $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Telemann, G.P. — Ach Herr, lehr uns, TWV 1:24: Recitative: Ihr, die irh in der Welt das Ende eures Lebens $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Telemann, G.P. — Ach Herr, lehr uns, TWV 1:24: Aria: Wie der Blumen schonste Pracht $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Telemann, G.P. — Ach Herr, lehr uns, TWV 1:24: Recitative: So nehm ich dann, indem ich noch zu leben habe $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Telemann, G.P. — Ach Herr, lehr uns, TWV 1:24: Aria: Jesu komme mir entgegen $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Telemann, G.P. — Ach Herr, lehr uns, TWV 1:24: Choral: Herr, meinem Geist befehl ich dir $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Since Georg Philipp Telemann himself was a baritone, it is not surprising that his more than 1,400 extant sacred cantatas include a great many compositions for solo bass. The dramatic character of the five Telemann cantatas recorded here was an extraordinary and enthralling element in its times and one that had been largely unknown in this form in the sacred music of the late seventeenth century.

"The 18th-century music historian Dr Burney reckoned that Telemann had two styles, the one dry and inelegant, the other pleasing, graceful and refined. Happily, the five sacred cantatas included on this disc - never previously recorded - fall comfortably into Burney's second category.

Each is scored for baritone voice with strings and occasional woodwind. Klaus Mertens already has sung several cantatas and assorted vocal works by Telemann on the CPO label, proving himself a sensitive and warmly expressive interpreter.

The present programme of works for Passiontide finds Mertens on eloquent form, responding to Telemann's often vivid word-painting with appropriately measured declamation. Nowhere, perhaps, is he heard to better advantage than in the beautifully sustained accompagnato which opens the cantata Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus (Jesus in Agony on the Mount of Olives).

This is also Telemann at his most beguiling and the Telemann, furthermore, that would surely have impressed both Bach and Handel. I should want the disc for this number alone though I hasten to add that almost all the music is of a comparably high order. Accademia Daniel under Shalev Ad-El provide Mertens with admirable support throughout." -BBC Music *****



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