Georg Philipp Telemann Wassermusik ConcertosGeorg Philipp Telemann – Wassermusik, Three Concertos

Musica Antiqua Köln

Reinhard Goebel, conductor

Archiv, 1984


This nice recording of Musica Antiqua Köln, conducted by Reinhard Goebel, proposes the performance of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Wassermusik and three Concertos.

The Wassermusik (or Hamburger Ebb ‘und Fluth, “the ebb and flow of the tide in Hamburg”) is an orchestral suite of typically French taste, composed to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Hamburg Admiralty on 6th April 1723. Each piece except the Overture, which represents the movement of the ocean, is dedicated to a deity of ancient Greece: Tethys, Neptune, the Naiads, Triton, and so on. The three Concertos in B flat major, F minor and A minor are certainly less known, but no less characteristic and you will listen to them with pleasure.

Of course, the music needs good musicians to show itself at its best and there is no doubt that this time the execution was entrusted to top-level performers. Musica Antiqua Köln directed by Reinhard Goebel is excellent and knows how to create that airy and light harmony, which constitutes the brilliance of Baroque music. The winds are magnificent both in Wassermusik and in the three concerts, where perhaps stand out even more, and in general the execution proceeds as a delicious and well-oiled mechanism, which will amaze you. The Wassermusik piece called Tempête. Der stürmende Aeolus (The Tempest. The furious Aeolus) deserves special attention for its “stormy” vehemence.

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