Georg Phillip Telemann (1681-1767) was one of the most prolific composers of all time, according to his surviving oeuvre. He was held in the highest regard by his contemporaries; comparing very favorably with his colleagues, J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel. All during 2017, the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death, the musical world is commemorating the work of this master.
The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis is proud to make our contribution to this celebration by presenting an overview of his compositions, which will include a number of St. Louis premieres. Our program mixes both sacred and secular works, including several arias and a marvelous cantata for soprano and harpsichord, and a lovely cantata for alto, two recorders and basso continuo. Another high point will be a performance of a little-known piece, Der Schulmeister, not the often recorded version, but one that features a trio sonata for violins and continuo with a running commentary sung throughout. The concert will conclude with a masterful setting of Psalm 6, “Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht,” for voices and strings.