Notes & Reviews:
Even in the 18th century life in university towns offered many temptations, just made to distract students from their studies, though certainly music ranked among the more harmless diversions. Evidently, teems of students were drawn, particularly to sacred services in Leipzig but also, after 1701 to Georg Philipp Telemann's Collegium musicum, which he founded in 1701. This CD, performed by L'arpa festante and Rien Voskuilen, gives an admirable impression of the high level musical quality accessible in the University town of Leipzig at the beginning of the 18th century, when Telemann, Heinichen, and Graupner were making music there and presumably studying law "on the side."
Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
L'Arpa Festante's softly lyrical playing and Winter's shapely singing reveal abundant melodious charm and an appealing sense of pastoral instrumental colour...These excellent performances remind us how many of the finest Saxonian Baroque composers had close ties with the university town long before Bach turned up in 1723.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Telemann, Heinichen, and Graupner all studied in Leipzig at roughly the same time. It should give one a strong impression of the city's musical riches, as a meeting place between art and patronage. Two cantatas are recorded here for the first time. Between the cantatas come Graupner's cantata Vergnngte Ruh, Beliebte Seelenlust and Telemann's Suite in E (55:Es4). The suite is the most substantial work on the program, consisting of an Overture and nine dance movements. It is also an early work, and full of rhythmic variety. Texts and notes are in English.
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