Which Telemann composition(s) would you take with you to the legendary desert island?
1. The whole „Tafelmusik“, but at least the great A major double concerto (flute, violin) from the first part; 2. The great oratorio „Der Tag des Gerichts” („The Day of Jugdement”); 3. the „Ino” cantata which opens the door to classicism; 4. The passion oratorio „Der Tod Jesu” („The Death of Jesu”), 5. The concerts for wind instruments with Michael Schneider published on the cpo complete recording.
What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?
Let’s suppose the conversation would take place in 1755: For a man so well-educated and interested in everything the talk would certainly go around “God and the World”. However, I would particularly be interested in his relationship to Johann Sebastian Bach. What did he know, e.g. of his compositions? Did he know something of the passions or cantatas? In his obituary on Bach he only mentions the brilliant organist … On the other hand: had he ever heard of Johann Stamitz or even Haydn …?
What does Telemann have that others don’t?
On the other hand he can write funeral music tangent and touching like no other (e.g., initial chorus of the funeral music for mayor Sillem). Generally speaking: No one can write so cheerful and in the best sense entertaining music in minor key (Just pay attention next time you listen to it.).
[Source: Telemann aus Magdeburg. 50 Jahre betont. Program of the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, 9.-18. March 2012, page. 145.]