Telemann for Special Occasions
The three compositions brought together on this CD demonstrate how Telemann
could be relied on to compose not only church music for ordinary religious
services but also works for extraordinary sacred events and special
occasions. Telemann’s dedicatory music for the church in the St.
Hiob-Hospital in Hamburg, »Kommt, lasset uns anbeten,« is scored for an
ensemble that is noticeably smaller than those of his other compositions
for the dedication of churches. This does not reflect lesser status but
owes to the small church space. As a result, the composition convinces the
listener with its intimacy, while the ensemble limited to a few musicians
contributes significantly to the exquisite impression made by this lovingly
designed music displaying many beautiful details, above all in the melodic
and harmonic spheres. By contrast, the stylistic modernity and wealth of
imagination in Telemann’s sung poem »Geschlagene Pauken, auf!« – which has
been recorded here for the first time – makes us sit up and take notice.
And the motet »Laetare iuvenis in iuventute tua,« composed in 1758 to a
text from the Old Testament, numbers among the few works by Telemann
attesting to his activity in the educational field as the music director of
Hamburg’s Latin School (the Johanneum).