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    Dr. Albert Schweitzer spoke of Telemann's cantatas as being vastly inferior to Bach's, until it was later discovered that some of the cantatas attributed to Bach had been written by Telemann. I just love that to keep the musicologists and the historians from getting overly confident in their conclusions.

    Vladamir Horwitz did not like Telemann and spoke openly about it, and there have been other detractors who thought that the composer composed too much for any of it to be any good, though half of his output has been lost and about 1500 works remain. But one needs to know where to look, and many of the Telemann concertos are terrific, as well as other works.

    At his best he can be many things: rhythmically vital, spirited, dignified, elevated, uplifting, courtly, royal, stately, versatile, melodic – and many of his flute sonates are considered to be classics for the instrument. There is certainly much more to him than his Tafelmusik that's been played to death. Telemann was also a close friend of Bach, and the feelings of respect were mutual. Quite naturally, I enjoy him very much when I'm going for Baroque.
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    I simply adore Telemann, he's not the most innovative of composers but he's very entertaining, but his output is extremely intimidating. Could you wise folks please recommend some choral/sacred works for me to listen to please? I only want motets, cantatas, masses etc nothing secular thanks. Got plenty of that already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical yorkist View Post
    I simply adore Telemann, he's not the most innovative of composers but he's very entertaining, but his output is extremely intimidating. Could you wise folks please recommend some choral/sacred works for me to listen to please? I only want motets, cantatas, masses etc nothing secular thanks. Got plenty of that already.



    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/CPO/7779552

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/CPO/7772982

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/CPO/7775462


    These are all very fine works, highly recommended.
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    See the results of my polls: most-liked composers and most-liked works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnie Burgess View Post
    They have a bigger set called The Telemann edition:

    Yeah, thanks. My purchases aren't what they were 10 years ago, so now it's just replacing some of the worst with better versions. Or keep tow sometimes. The 50 would be an effort to get. I like the themed sets: oboe, wind etc.

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    I like Telemann a bit

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    I enjoy Telemann's Brockes-Passion, but not much else (unfortunately)....

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    Quote Originally Posted by i like music View Post
    I enjoy Telemann's Brockes-Passion, but not much else (unfortunately)....
    You should try the Paris Quartets.

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