Georg Philipp Telemann’s Schwanengesang
Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt
I confess that whenever I contemplate playing some Telemann, there’s a sort of sigh that goes on in my mind. He wrote acres of music, and none of it seems terribly distinctive to me, let alone memorable. So my mind thinks, ‘O Lord, not again!’. Except this piece, selected by the Randomiser, turns out to be wonderfully inventive and distinctive -and on a par with Bach’s BWV 106 (the Actus Tragicus, intended for performance at a funeral, as this piece was, too). I tend to judge funeral music by whether I fancy it being played at mine: this definitely passes that test!