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’s music with about six years at Christmas time. In a broadcasting service in the Christ Church Saarbrücken Telemann’s cantata „Jauchzet, frohlocket, der Himmel ist offen“ („Sing, rejoice – Heaven is open“) was listed at the harmonic worship. My mother was singing, my father playing. I was so fascinated by this music that I’ve listened to the recording of the radio broadcast so many times that I could even sing the opening aria soon and the tape finally quit its job. It was the beginning of a great love for Telemann and his music, which has permanently accompanied and marked me, the son of a recorder player and a singer.
Which Telemann composition(s) would you take with you to the legendary desert island?
The cantata „Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin“, the Ino cantata, the concerto g-major for viola, strings and and basso continuo, the concerti à 7 a minor and f major for 2 recorders, 2 oboe, 2 violins and basso continuo, concerto h minor for flute, strings and basso continuo, concerti for 4 violins (without bass) and many more of his compositions …