Classical Sunday: Telemann’s Paris Quartets

Chamber music is on the menu today.

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Georg Philipp Telemann: The Paris Quartets (Pariser Quartette)

1. Concerto Primo in G major 0:00
2. Concerto Secondo in D major 10:13
3. Sonata Prima in A major 20:52
4. Sonata Seconda in G minor 32:31
5. Première Suite in E minor 43:34
6. Deuxième Suite in B minor 1:01:45

Performed by the Freiburger BarockConsort.

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767) was a largely self-taught German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist.  His contemporaries considered him to be one of the leading German composers of the time, and compared him favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to Georg Friedrich Händel, whom Telemann also knew personally.

The featured image shows the Telemann bench in the Polish town of Żary, located in the east of the historic Lower Lusatia region, in the borderland with the Silesian lowlands and Greater Poland, in other words, close to Germany’s eastern border.  Telemann lived and worked in Żary for four years, from 1704 to 1708.

2 comments on “Classical Sunday: Telemann’s Paris Quartets”

  1. I’m always ready for chamber music! Thanks. We have tickets for today’s Kansas City Symphony performance but won’t be attending. Gotta stay home and root for our Chiefs! Fortunately our grand-daughter and a great-grand-daughter are able to use the tickets. Included on the program is Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of my favorites. I hate missing it, but I told my husband, I’ll just have to play a recording of it LOL. And I can enjoy Telemann this morning. Thanks again.

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