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