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Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family's wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city's five main churches. While Telemann's career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving Telemann.

Telemann was and still is one of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving oeuvre) and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Serenade for Flute Beethoven, Bach, Telemann; The London Virtuosi, James Galway 1
1974 Telemann: Suite in A minor / Sammartini: Concerto in F / Handel: Concerto in B flat Telemann, Samartini, Handel; David Munrow, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1979 James Galway plays Telemann James Galway; Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1979 Kammerkonzerte Georg Philipp Telemann; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 1
1982 Concerto pour trompette Hummel, Telemann, Neruda; Maurice André, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Jean-Pierre Wallez 1
1982 Musique de Table: Extraits Telemann; Orchestre de chambre Jean-François Paillard 1
1983 Canon & Gigue Pachelbel, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Purcell, Rameau; Pinchas Zukerman, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 1
1984 Wassermusik & 3 Konzerte (Musica Antiqua Köln feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1984 5 Violin Concertos Telemann; Iona Brown, Academy of St Martin in the Fields 1
1984 Double & Triple Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann; The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 2
1984 Horn Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann; Hermann Baumann 1
1985 Concertos for Recorder, Baroque Bassoon & Strings by Telemann & Vivaldi Telemann, Vivaldi; Clas Pehrsson, Michael McCraw, The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble 2
1985 Blanchard: New Earth Sonata / Telemann: Suite in A Minor (Overture/Air a L'Italien/Rejouissance) Blanchard, Telemann; Hubert Laws, Quincy Jones, Chick Corea 2
1986 Recorder Concerti Vivaldi, Sammartini, Telemann; Clas Pehrsson, The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Anders Öhrwall 1
1987 The Complete Recorder Music: The Duets, Volume I Georg Philipp Telemann; Clas Pehrsson, Dan Laurin 1
1987 Bläserkonzerte Telemann; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 2
1987 Telemann Trumpet Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1987 Essercizii Musici (The Aulos Ensemble) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1987 Four Oboe Concerti Georg Philipp Telemann; Alma Musica Amsterdam, Han de Vries 2
1987 Twelve Fantasias for Flute Solo Telemann; Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
1988 Oboe & Oboe d'amore Concertos Bach, Telemann; The King's Consort, Robert King, Paul Goodwin 2
1988 Six Sonatas for Two Oboes (Ingo Goritzki, Burkhard Glaetzner) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1988 Telemann: Concerti Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1988 Viola da Gamba Concertata Telemann, Pfeiffer, Graun; Akademie für Alte Musik, Siegfried Pank 1
1989 The Paris Quartets (American Baroque) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1989 Recorder Suite in A minor / Viola Concerto / Tafelmusik Georg Philipp Telemann; Capella Istropolitana, Richard Edlinger 2
1989 Tafelmusik (Musique de Table) Telemann; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 1
1989 Concerti y cuarteto para instrumentos de madera Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1989 Musique de Table Georg Philipp Telemann; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2
1989 Musique de Table, Part III (Ensemble "Il Fondamento" feat. conductor: Paul Dombrecht) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1989 Pimpinone / Der Tag des Gerichts Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1989 Recorder Concertos Vivaldi, Telemann, Marcello, Naudot; Michala Petri, Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 1
1990 Overture / Flute Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann; Jean-Pierre Rampal, Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra, János Rolla 1
1990 Ouvertüre - Ino (Musica Antiqua Köln feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1991 Horn Concerti Telemann, Vivaldi, Handel, L. Mozart; Capella Istropolitana, Frantisek Vajnar 1
1991 Viola Concerto / Don Quichotte / Overture "Hamburger Ebb und Flut" / Overture in D Telemann; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1991 Bläserkonzerte (Camerata Köln) Georg Philipp Telemann 3
1991 Die Tageszeiten (Freiburger Vokalensemble & Collegium Musicum) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1991 La Changeante Georg Philipp Telemann; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage 1
1991 La Changeante (Collegium Musicum 90 feat. conductor: Simon Standage) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1991 Ouverture burlesque Georg Philipp Telemann; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage 1
1991 Trumpet Concertos Telemann; English String Orchestra, William Boughton, John Wallace 1
1991 Violin and Viola Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann; Paul Peabody, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Richard Kapp 1
1992 Domestic Music Telemann; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage 1
1992 Telemann - Bach Telemann, Bach; Heidi Molnar-Berner, Josef Molnar, André Manz, Daniel Suter 1
1993 Fantaisies pour flute seule (Patrick Gallois) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1993 Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1993 Recorder Concerti Georg Philipp Telemann; Peter Holtslag, The Parley of Instruments 1
1993 Sonates Corellisantes / Canonic Duos Georg Philipp Telemann; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage 1
1993 Suiten Georg Philipp Telemann; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1994 Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias Telemann; Frans Brüggen, Anner Bylsma, Gustav Leonhardt 2
1994 Suites / Concerto in D major Georg Philipp Telemann; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1994 The Magic of The French Horn: Greatest Concertos Corrette, Bochsa, Telemann, Mozart, Dauprat, Dukas, Schumann 1
1994 The Twelve Fantasies for Recorder (Peter Holtslag) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1995 6 Quadri (1730 Hamburg) Telemann; Masahiro Arita, Ryo Terakado, Kaori Uemura, Christophe Rousset 1
1995 Bläserkonzerte / Symphonie "Il grillo" Telemann; Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselböck 1
1995 Douze fantaisies pour violon sans basse Georg Philipp Telemann; Daniel Cuiller 1
1995 Telemann Telemann; Jiří Stivín, Petr Hejný, Pro Arte Antiqua Praha 1
1995 The Art of the Flute Mozart, Telemann; Jean-Pierre Rampal 2
1995 Triple Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann; Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage 1
1996 Recorder Sonatas Georg Philipp Telemann; Trio Passagio 1
1996 Bläserkonzerte Concertos for Woodwind Instruments (Camerata Köln) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1996 Essercizii Musici Telemann; Camerata Köln 1
1996 Music for Viola and Orchestra, Vol. 1 Telemann, J.N. Hummel, Hindemith, Partos, Schnittke; Rainer Moog, Hamburg Soloists, Emil Klein 1
1997 Le Charme du Cor Michel Corrette, Georg Philipp Telemann, Mozart, Robert Schumann; Lily Laskine 1
1997 12 Paris Quartets (feat. harpsichord: Gustav Leonardt) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1997 Hummel, L. Mozart, Telemann, Vivaldi: Trumpet Concertos Hummel, L. Mozart, Telemann, Vivaldi; Maurice André, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1998 Six Sonatas for two flutes, Op. 2 (American Baroque) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1998 Musique de Table (Tafelmusik), Part I, Volume 1 Georg Philipp Telemann; Orchestra of the Golden Age 1
1998 Wassermusik - Die Relinge - Alster Overture (New London Consort feat. conductor: Philip Picket) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1998 Pimpinone oder Die ungleiche Heirat Georg Philipp Telemann; Staatskapelle Berlin, Helmut Koch, Erna Roscher, Reiner Süß 1
1999 The Art of the Baroque Trumpet, Volume 4 Georg Friedrich Händel, Michael Haydn, Georg Philipp Telemann; Niklas Eklund 1
1999 Die Auferstehung / De Danske, Norske og Tydske Georg Philipp Telemann, Dorothee Mields, Britta Schwarz, Andreas Post, Klaus Mertens, Reinhard Decker, MagdeburgerKammerchor, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein, Ludger Rémy 1
1999 Musique de Table (Tafelmusik), Volume 3 Georg Philipp Telemann; Orchestra of the Golden Age 1
1999 Suites pour orchestre (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1999 Viola die Gamba: Concertos, Quatuor, Sonates avec basse de viole soliste Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1999 Musique de Table (Tafelmusik), Volume 4 Georg Philipp Telemann; Orchestra of the Golden Age 1
1999 Orchestral Suites Georg Philipp Telemann; Tafelmusik 1
1999 German Church Cantatas and Arias Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Christoph Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann; René Jacobs, The Kuijken Consort, The Parnassus Ensemble 1
1999 Musique de Table (Tafelmusik), Volume 2 (Orchestra of the Golden Age) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2000 String Concertos (Musica Antiqua Köln feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2000 Keyboard Fantasias Telemann; John Butt 1
2001 Otto Sauter: World of Baroque, Volume 3 (Transcriptions for Trumpet an Organ) Otto Sauter; Vivaldi, Telemann, Händel, Scarlatti, Valentino, Corelli 1
2002 La Bizarre - Suites (Akademie für alte Musik Berlin) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2002 Sinfonia Spirituosa (Musica Antiqua Köln feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2002 Sinfonia Spirituosa (String Concertos) Musica Antiqua Köln, Georg Philipp Telemann & Reinhard Goebel 4 1
2002 Ouverture & 3 Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann; Dan Laurin, Mark Caudle, Arte dei Suonatori 1
2002 Flute Concertos (Emmanuel Pahud - Berliner Barock Solisten) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2002 Tafelmusik Telemann; Florilegium 2
2002 Trauer-Actus Kantaten (Cantus Cölln feat. conductor: Konrad Junghänel) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2002 Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin Telemann; Rachel Podger 1
2003 Don Quixote / La Lyra / Overture in D (Northern Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Nicholas Ward) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2003 Matthäuspassion 1754: Danziger Passion TWV 5:53 Telemann; Martin Klietmann, Klaus Mertens, Kammerchor Cantamus Halle, Männerchor bouquet vocalis halle, Capella Savaria, Pál Németh 1
2003 The Virtuoso Flute, Vol. 1 Mozart, Telemann, Vivaldi; Julius Baker, Hubert Jelinek, I Solisti di Zagreb, Antonio Janigro 1
2004 Tafelmusik (Musica Amphion) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2004 Telemann in Minor Georg Philipp Telemann; Pratum Integrum Orchestra 1
2005 Chamber Music for Oboe (Marcel Ponseele, Richte van der Meer, Pierre Hantaï, Taka Kitazako) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2005 Don Quichotte in Hamburg G. Ph. Telemann, J. Mattheson, F. B. Conti; Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg 1
2005 Trumpet Concertos (complete) Telemann; Otto Sauter, Kammerorchester Mannheim, Nicol Matt 2
2006 Blockflöten-Werke (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin feat. recorder: Maurice Steger) Georg Philipp Telemann 1

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