Telemann Gets a Super CD Collection of His Works

A-Telemann Edition

Telemann Gets a Super CD Collection of His Works

A Baroque Master Gets a Super Set of CDs  Decades ago, I got to like the music of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) through a single work, a suite titled “Ebb und Fluth,” one movement of which emulated the ebb and flow of the tide. Since then, I have gathered several recordings of his music—and now my journey has ended!

Brilliant Classics has issued a 50-CD “Telemann Edition,” selling at a bargain price. The first 31 discs are devoted to his instrumental music, subdivided into Musique de table, overtures (really suites), concertos, a quartet, sonatas, and fantasies. Discs 32-39 have keyboard music, while the remaining CDs contain choral, vocal, and dramatic music, including one opera.

There are nine pages of program notes and the back of each sleeve gives the contents and timings. But this is a budget set and further details must be found on the Brilliant Classics website ( It is a little tricky finding this information, but worth the effort. (The download comes to 63 pages and includes the names of the players and even the German text of the vocal selections.)

I will not say—indeed, I cannot say–that any of these performances by many different ensembles, would be a first choice among all the Telemann recordings available elsewhere. But they are all (I assume all) here as more than just an introduction to a Baroque composer whose surviving works were once immensely popular, then neglected, and now are coming back into their own.