Telemann’s chamber music in changing colors
No 18th century composer was so adept at so many musical styles as Georg Philipp Telemann. Telemann's versatility and inventiveness kept his musical style avant-garde during his entire life. He was not only praised by his contemporaries but was highly respected by the next generation: his fame was immense. Over the last 15 years of playing together, we were struck again and again by Telemann’s ability to expertly compose in such a variety of styles. That’s why we chose this program, to show Telemann the chameleon, the breadth of his musical palette.
Some of the pieces will undoubtedly sound familiar; others, such as the Italianate Trio for violin and cello obbligato, or the pastoral Trio for two violins in scordatura, will surely be delightful, new surprises for many. And, as the centerpiece of the recording, we have created our own suite of movements from Telemann’s highly respected publication 'Der getreue Music-Meister'. Coming in and out of disguise with Telemann’s chameleonic notes we often found ourselves wondering: is this truly music by just one composer, not six?
PASSIONE SACRA E PROFANA
Vivaldi Stabat Mater - Oscar Verhaar & New Collegium
The Passion of Christ has inspired countless baroque musical jewels. Equally inspirational are other human passions of the soul: love has provided inspiration for countless cantatas and operas. In this program, countertenor Oscar Verhaar and New Collegium take the listener on a musical journey through sacred and secular passions, focusing on two masterpieces.
Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, so dramatic and so deep, with a touching use of symbolism and baroque expression, finds its counterpart in Alessandro Scarlatti’s cantata ‘Filen, mio caro bene’, in which an equally expressive musical language is used to express Filli’s suffering for Fileno’s disbelief in her love. A sinfonia and two sonatas by these composers complete the two worlds: passione sacra e profana.