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Reviewer: William J. Gatens

Three substantial works for solo countertenor with two violins and continuo are the principal offerings on this recording of works by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). The setting of Psalm 6 (Ach Herr, Strafe Mich Nicht) is an early work that he wrote before his matriculation in 1701 as a law student at Leipzig University. In the notes to this recording, Ute Poetzsch remarks that the work shows the influence of the sacred concertos of the 17th Century that Telemann had studied as a student. The setting of the Lutheran Mass (Kyrie & Gloria) in B minor is one of two Masses for solo voice that he wrote in his student days for the New Church in Leipzig. The cantata Me Miserum has a Latin devotional text by Erdmann Neumeister (1671-1756). It was probably not intended for performance in church, and here the continuo harmony instrument is the harpsichord rather than the organ used in the two pieces described above. This work is very much in the idiom of the Italian chamber cantata, with alternating recitatives and da capo arias. The final work on the program is an excerpt from the church cantata Meines Bleibens ist Nicht Hier (1732), text by Neumeister.

The program is filled out with some instrumental works. Telemann is possibly the most prolific composer who ever lived, but he produced very little solo keyboard music. This program includes two brief fugues played on the organ by Michael Fuerst. Veronika Skuplik is the soloist in a sonata for violin and continuo. I find the performances here quite elegant, but they are uncompromisingly in an early music style. The listener must love the sound of the countertenor voice and the edgy tone of period violins with no vibrato to find these performances attractive. There is no attempt to win over listeners who would prefer a mezzo soprano and modern instruments. Countertenor Alex Potter was a chorister at Southwark Cathedral in London and later an undergra-duate choral scholar at New College, Oxford. He was a student of Gerd Türk at the Schola Cantorum Basilienses in Switzerland and has impressive performance and recording credits. Violinist Veronika Skuplik founded the string ensemble La Dolcezza in 1991. Their Vienna debut was in 2009, and they have performed in many European early music festivals.

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