are very typical of Telemann’s work. Drama without exaggeration, but still rhetorically and alive and fresh.
What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?
Dear Mr. Telemann, what made you compose so much and let the music sound so fresh, new and imaginative every time? Why did you choose the oboe to compose the most beautiful instrumental music in sonatas, concertos, orchestral suites etc.?
What does Telemann have that other’s do not?
An incredible imagination, always surprising. He processed the folk music (the Polish especially) so lively and with good taste like no other. The drama, even in his instrumental music, is very special, it never goes too far and always remains rhetorical and lightly. The rezitatives (secco and accompagnato) in cantatas and oratorios are perhaps the best that can be found in the first half of the 18th century
[Source: Telemann aus Magdeburg. 50 Jahre betont. Program of the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, 9.-18. March 2012, page. 62.]