Georg Philipp Telemann, whose ancestors had been Lutheran ministers for many generations was himself a staunch Lutheran. The texts selected by him for his sacred music attest to his interest not only in poetic excellence but also in content and interpretive quality. Many of the texts set by him were penned by Lutheran ministers, including Erdmann Neumeister, one of the most famous sacred poets of his time, with whom he collaborated closely for many years.
The engaging musical numbers to be found within these cantatas too plentiful to enumerate. Telemann s distinctive blend of expressive intimacy and lyricism is much in evidence in arias such as Wie selig ist der Christen Leben from So ziehet, while more extrovert gentures dominate the cantata Wertes Zion, which concludes with a joyful choral Halleluja!' --Nicholas Anderson, IRR April 2014
The performances are zestful, the soloists and ensemble well matched. --Gramophone April 2014, Fabrice Fitch