Notes & Reviews:
The history of the Leipzig Opera in the 18th century was vibrant but short (1692-1720). Heinichen, Fasch, Pisendel, Stoelzel and Telemann were its composers. Sadly, the surviving evidence of this activity is meager at best: some of the librettos have survived, including 40 anonymous arias in an aria collection relating to an opera known as Germanicus. Our new recording tells you how all this came about, why Telemann is unquestionably the work's composer.
International Record Review
In summary, this is a mixed success. Opera lovers will be disappointed by the absence of anything in the nature of real drama and readers in general may find their enthusiasm tempered by uneven contributions from the vocalists. What does carry the day, though, is the music, itself. Many hallmarks of Telemann's style are already present in these mainly delightful arias... Well worth exploring, caveats notwithstanding.
BBC Music Magazine
The vivacity of the writing is breathtaking. Under Gotthold Schwarz, the Saxon Baroque Orchestra relishes every affect of this exuberant score, while Elisabeth Scholl's expressive Agrippina, Tobias Berndt's heroic Arminius and Friedrich Praetorius's perky Caligula head a sturdy cast. There is a great deal in this recording to enjoy and admire.
Recording information: Altes Theater am Jerichoer Platz, Magdeburg (03/16/2010-03/19/2010).
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Works DetailsTelemann, Georg Philipp : Germanicus, opera, TWV deest
- Conductor: Gotthold Schwarz
- Ensemble: Sachsisches Baroque Orchestra
- Notes: Altes Theater am Jerichoer Platz, Magdeburg (03/16/2010-03/19/2010)
- Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1704