Photo: Elias Gammelgård
Orpheus’ Treasure Trove – Telemann in Paris
An inspiring time in the French capital.
Sunday 24 September 2023 16.00Ends approximately 18.00
Georg Philipp Telemann, a central figure of the Baroque era, was active in Germany throughout his life. We associate him with cities such as Leipzig, Frankfurt and Hamburg. But there was also a brief, yet important Paris period.
For eight months around 1737–38, Telemann was in the French capital. He absorbed impressions from the music of Rameau, among others, resulting in the French style leaving an impression on his own music. We have two examples from the so-called Paris quartets (there are a total of twelve), which frame three French Baroque masters: Leclair, Couperin and Hotteterre – nicknamed “Le Romain” after studying in Rome.
Hotteterre was also a masterful flute player and came from a family of wind instrument makers and virtuosos. Orpheus Baroque welcomes Finnish flute player Pauliina Fred, a specialist in early flute-playing. Here, she plays a predecessor to the transverse flute that is made out of wood and has fewer keys.
Critically acclaimed ensemble Orpheus Baroque regularly works with prominent guests from the international Baroque music scene. Artistic director is the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’s solo cellist, Johannes Rostamo, as well as concertmaster and Baroque violinist Elin Gabrielsson, a member, among other ensembles, of Italian Europa Galante.
The musicApproximate times
Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto à 4 in G major – Paris Quartet No. 1 TWV 43:G112 min
Jean-Marie Leclair Sr. Ouvertura III in A major op 13:510 min
François Couperin La Françoise [La pucelle] – Trio Sonata in e minor23 min
Jacques Hotteterr Jr. ”Le Romain” Suite No. 3 in G major for flute and basso continuo op 2:314 min
Georg Philipp Telemann Quartet No. 6 e minor – Paris Quartet No. 12 TWV 43:e419 min
- Musicians from Orpheus Baroque Stockholm
- Pauliina Fred transverse flute