Telemann: Michaelis-oratorium Tvwv 2:12
Chor der Kölner Akademie; Borgioni, Mauro; Willens, Michael Alexander; Dijkhuizen, Marian; Mertens, Klaus; Maas, Rahel; Orchester der Kölner Akademie; Podger, Julian
Hamburg marked an important year in its history in 1762. The city’s large St. Michael’s Church had been destroyed by fire in 1760, and twelve years later the magnificent new Baroque structure (as yet without a tower) was dedicated. This event was celebrated as an official state ceremony, and of course Georg Philipp Telemann, the city’s music director, who by then was eighty-one years old, had to supply the music for it. Aware of the great importance of this event, he produced one of his most magnificent and most expressive scores with an ensemble including six double-choral trumpets and timpani. He wrote Der Tag des Gerichts, the great oratorio of his old age, during the same year, and his dedication music is situated on this same high musical level.