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Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann.
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.

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Borrowed, Not Stolen
Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet
The German Album
Verità Baroque Ensemble
Fantasias for Viola da gamba Solo
John Dornenburg
Telemann Intimissimo
Christian Heim | Avinoam Shalev
Thomascantors in dialogue
Thomas Triesschijn | The Counterpoints XL
12 Solo Fantasias
Caroline Eidsten Dahl
Berliner Barock Solisten
Berliner Barock Solisten
12 Fantasias for Solo Flute
Leonard Garrison
Magical Memories
Tine Thing Helseth / Kåre Nordstoga
12 Fantasien für Viola da Gamba
Renate Mundi
Folias and Fantasias
Cavatina Duo
Norwegian Trombone Ensemble
Recorder Sonatas
Caroline Eidsten Dahl
The Godfather
La Serenissima
Er heißet Wunderbar!
The Chameleon by G.F. Telemann
Bergen Barokk
Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, TWV 40:14-25
Kinga Augustyn
Concertos by Dell’Abaco, Porpora, Marcello, Tartini & Telemann
The English Concert
Solo Fantasias
Richard Boothby
Muriel Rochat Rienth
Six Moral Cantatas
Julianne Baird
The Solo Fantasias
Saskia Coolen / Shunske Sato / Rainer Zipperling
Telemann's Poland
Orkiestra Czasów Zarazy
The Elegant Bassoon
Wouter Verschuren
12 Fantasias for solo violin
Luigi De Filippi
Complete Horn Concertos for horns, strings and basso continuo
RJ Kelley
Les Nations - Ouvertures & Oboe Concerti
Vinciane Baudhuin
Totally Telemann Music for Orchestra
Viola da Gamba
John Dornenburg
Double Concerti for winds & Strings
Rebel Baroque Ensemble
Georg Philip Telemann
The Aulos Ensemble
Let The Bright Seraphim
Elin Manahan Thomas / Crispian Steele-Perkins
Flute Duets: Twv 40:141-146
Steven Zohn / Colin St. Martin
Fantasies, Cantata, Suite
La Barca Leyden
Vriend en Strijd
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
The Virtuoso Godfather
Charivari Agréable
G.P. Telemann - Ouverture Suites
Il Concerto Barocco
The Seven Sonatas for Recorder
Saskia Coolen, Margriet Tindemans, Peter Watchorn
Fin stock
Kanji / Les Elements Amsterdam
The Original Recorder Sonatas
Robert Ehrlich / Richard Egarr / Mark Levy
Quadros and Trio Sonatas
Ensemble Senario
Telemann : The Twelve Fantasies for Recorder
Peter Holtslag
Telemann : 4th Book of Flute Quartets
Wilbert Hazelzet, Jacques Ogg, Alda Stuurop, Wim ten Have, Lidewij Scheifes
Telemann, Walter van Hauwe
Walter van Hauwe, Bob van Asperen, Wouter Möller
Telemann: Chamber Music
The Apollo Ensemble