Which Telemann composition(s) would you take with you to the legendary desert island?
I think, with a few hundred, I would be fine - but only provided that I could smuggle in a few other composers ...
What would you like to talk about with Telemann over a glass of wine?
The question arises: When could I talk to him? If it were in his time, I would be particularly interested in what he had read, listened to and studied and I would ask him in concrete for some scores (on loan, of course), which we miss today (for example, his gamba fantasies or his operas „Sancio”, „Omphale” and „Die verkehrte Welt” [„The Twisted World”]). Packed like this, I would see that I would soon return to our present. If I could meet Telemann today I would ask him what he has to say to all what has been written about him so far.
What does Telemann have that other’s do not?
An immensely rich and broad musical and intellectual horizon, an extremely fine-minded understanding of poetry and language, an extraordinary wealth of new connections between different musical spheres, a fascinating combination of bienséance and expression.
[Source: Telemann aus Magdeburg. 50 Jahre betont. Program of the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, 9.-18. March 2012, page. 105.]