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Telemann: Germanicus (CPO: 777602-2) Box set

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  • Conductor: Gotthold Schwarz
  • Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Audio CD (3 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: cpo
  • ASIN: B005UU066S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Germanicus, TVWVdeest - Various Performers

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Cpo is proud to present the world première recording of Georg Philipp Telemanns opera Germanicus. Telemann had made reference to writing twenty operas during his four years in Leipzig, but sadly the scores have been lost and very few librettos and arias are extant. Michael Maul has proven that some 40 arias discovered at the Frankfurt University Library were from Telemanns Germanicus and its modern premiere took place with Gotthold Schwarz and the Saxon Baroque Orchestra. Germanicus is a tale of love, lust and political intrigue based very loosely on events during the first-century occupation of Teutonic territory by the Romans. Since only arias survive, for recitatives Maul substituted a tongue-in-cheek narrative wittily delivered by actor Dieter Bellmann.


Many hallmarks of Telemann's style are already present in these mainly delightful arias. Well worth exploring. --IRR,feb'12

Under Gotthold Schwarz, the Saxon Baroque Orchestra relishes every affect of the exhuberant score. There is a great deal in this recording to enjoy and admire. Performance **** Recording *** --BBC Music Magazine, Apr'12

This 2010 performance from the Telemann-Festtage in Magdeburg is one for the specialist… Albrecht Sack sings Segestes with a buoyant tenor, and the boy soprano Friedrich Praetorius is fine as Caligula. --Opera, May'12

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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alwyne on 20 May 2012
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This a new piece of music for me, and a great discovery. A fine performance. I was pleasantly surprised too, at the excellent price for a 3-CD set.
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For Hard-Core Baroque Opera Lovers Only 12 Feb 2013
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This one is only for hard-core lovers of Baroque opera (or Telemann completists). The recording is a reconstruction of the opera. The recitatives are lost, so the musicologist who reconstructed the piece substituted spoken narratives, read on this recording by an actor. The narratives are in German, but the booklet does not include translations of the narratives, only of the arias and duets, so if you don't speak German, you can just skip over the spoken parts, as I did. Unfortunately, this completely robs the recording of any real continuity in the story, leaving it as more or less an aria collection with no dramatic sense. Some of the musical numbers were also lost, and the reconstruction includes substitutes from other operas by Telemann and other composers to fill in the gaps, with appropriate changes to the text. The numbers which were inserted work well. The original music itself is first-rate. As for the performance, I mostly agree with the previous reviewer, who liked the male performers but was less than enthusiastic about the two sopranos. However, there was something about the countertenor's voice that rubbed me wrong; he was adequate, but no threat to David Daniels or Andreas Scholl. Elizabeth Scholl's singing really set my teeth on edge - too frequently shrill and heavy on vibrato. She is the main defect of this recording.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great music, uneven performance 4 Nov 2012
By K. D. Kuntz - Published on
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I like Telemann, and this was one of my first experiences with Telemann opera. The music was great, and the male singers produced really solid performances. I winced, however, every time Elisabeth Scholl sang; her performance was execrable, which was a real shame given the substantial nature of her part (Agrippina). Olivia Stahn carried her part well, but not spectacularly. Friedrich Praetorius (soprano) was a real pleasure to hear and I look forward to hearing him again in the future. Since the recits are missing, they were replaced with narration, which I found rather annoying.
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