Do you remember your first encounter with Telemann’s music or do you associate a special experience with it?
I had my first encounter with Telemann through the a-minor suite for recorder which was performed on flute by Jean-Pierre Rampal. Of course, the interpretation of the piece was very romantic, but the elegant emotional tone of the dances matched Rampal’s style and so he submitted with best highlight the many wonderful effects, which reside in the piece.
I was a young student at that time and accompanied a number of musicians on the piano. This piece became one of my first „earwigs”. Today I would only perform it by recorder for sure, but nevertheless, I shall have Jean-Pierre in mind while playing it.
Which Telemann composition(s) would you take with you to the legendary desert island?
As much as I love it to perform Telemann’s vocal works, I would still, if I had to choose for only one piece, decide for Telemann’s „Tafelmusik”. This work is an example for Telemann’s seemingly boundless imagination and his enormous variety. There are whole themes which are derived from one octave as well as wonderful combinations of different instruments and you are always surprised by the variations which are carried out from movement to movement. In my opinion, Reinhard Goebel’s recording of the „Tafelmusik” is still one of the most successful and it would find a space in my backpack on the way to the lonely island.
What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?
There would be two things I would talk about with Telemann over a glass of good wine – he was a bon vivant after all. As we all know, Telemann’s life and work discipline made him compose an abundance of works.