Georg Philipp Telemann (14 March 1681 – 25 June 1767) (German pronunciation: [ˈteːləman]) 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
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
2006 G. P. Telemann: Ouverture Suites Georg Philipp Telemann; Il Concerto Barocco, Andrew Read 1
2006 Sacred Cantatas for Alto and for Tenor J. S. Bach, Telemann, Hoffmann; Marianne Beate Kielland, Markus Schäfer, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller-Brühl 1
2006 Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst, Volume 1 Georg Philipp Telemann; Bergen Barokk 1
2006 Cantatas: Kantaten aus dem Harmonischen Gottesdienst Telemann; Klaus Mertens, Ingrid Schmithüsen, Il Concertino Köln 1
2006 Complete Overtures, Volume 1 Telemann; Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire 1
2006 Concertos for Viola Da Gamba Telemann; Hille Perl, Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans 1
2007 Drei sind, die da zeugen im Himmel / Cantatas Georg Philipp Telemann; Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max 1
2007 12 Fantasias for Flute Telemann; Jed Wentz 1
2008 Oboe d'amore Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann; Thomas Stacy, Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon 1
2008 Ouvertures Georg Philipp Telemann; Il Fondamento, Paul Dombrecht 1
2008 Telemann in Major Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2008 Barock zum Dinner: Festliche Tafelmusik Bach, Pachelbel, Telemann, Vivaldi; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 1
2008 German Baroque Cantatas Telemann, Buxtehude, Bach; Gli Angeli Geneve, Stephan MacLeod 1
2008 Telemann Georg Philipp Telemann; Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700 1
2009 3 Orchestral Suites Georg Philipp Telemann; L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Carin van Heerden 1
2009 Brockes-Passion (Rias Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, conductor: René Jacobs, sopranos: Birgitte Christensen / Lydia Teuscher, mezzosoprano: Marie-Claude Chappuis, tenors: Donát Havár / Daniel Behle, baritone: Johannes Weisser Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2009 Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin Telemann; Augustin Hadelich 1
2009 Blockflötenkonzerte Telemann, Graupner, Schultze; Dorothee Oberlinger, Ensemble 1700, Reinhard Goebel 1
2009 Brockes-Passion (RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin feat. conductor: René Jacobs) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2009 Complete Orchestral Suites, Volume 2 Georg Philipp Telemann; Pratum Integrum Orchestra 1
2009 Ouverture & Concerti Georg Philipp Telemann; Holland Baroque Society, Alexis Kossenko 1
2009 Water Music Handel, Telemann; Zefiro, Alfredo Bernardini 1
2010 Italian Concertos From Podolínec Alberti, Albinoni, Meck, Pankiewicz, Telemann, Torelli, Vivaldi; Solamente Naturali 1
2010 The Complete Violin Concertos, Volume 3 Georg Philipp Telemann; The Wallfisch Band, Elizabeth Wallfisch 1
2011 Tastes of Europe: Telemann Trios & Quartets (Ensemble Meridiana) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2011 The Father, the Son and the Godfather J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Telemann; Paradiso Musicale 1
2011 36 Fantasias for Harpsichord Telemann; Andrea Coen 1
2011 Opera Arias Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2012 Les Caractères de la Danse Purcell, Corelli, Rebel, Albinoni, Telemann; Harmony of Nations, Alfredo Bernardini 1
2012 Overtures Georg Philipp Telemann; Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire 1
2012 Quixotte & La Changeante Georg Philipp Telemann, Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante 1
2013 Ouvertures pittoresques Telemann; Arte dei Suonatori, Martin Gester 1
2013 12 Fantaisies Georg Philipp Telemann; Héloïse Gaillard 1
2013 Lukas Passion 1728 Georg Philipp Telemann; Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens 1
2013 Ouvertures à 8 Telemann; Zefiro, Alfredo Bernardini 1
2013 Suite in A-minor / Double Concertos Telemann; Ensemble 1700, Dorothee Oberlinger 1
2014 Quatuors Parisiens Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2014 Telemann: Sonaten, Trios, Concerti Georg Philipp Telemann 1
6 Paris Quartets (SONNERIE, feat. flute: Wilbert Hazelzet) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
12 Fantasias for Solo Violin Georg Philipp Telemann; Arthur Grumiaux 1
Alster Ouverture / Concerto in re / (altre) (Collegium Musicum 90) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Baroque Flute Sonatas on Historical Instruments Alexander Murray, Martha Goldstein, Jacques Martin Hotteterre, Michel Blavet, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Joachim Quantz & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1
Blockflötensonaten des Barock Bach, Händel, Telemann, Corelli, Marcello, Vivaldi; Michala Petri, George Malcolm, Graham Sheen 1
Complete Double Concertos with Recorder Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Concerti per oboe Telemann; Heinz Holliger, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 1
Concertos from "Tafelmusik" Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Der Tag Des Gerichts Georg Philipp Telemann; Ann Monoyios, David Cordier, Hermann Max 1
Doppelkonzerte Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Fantaisies pour le Clavessin : Trois douzaines Telemann; Péter Ella 1
Händel: Apollo e Dafne / Telemann: Ino Händel, Telemann; Roberta Alexander, Thomas Hampson, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
La Cantate des Muses Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Leonardo Leo, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Georg Philipp Telemann; Ensemble Les Muses Galantes 1
Les Plaisirs / Chamber Concertos Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Matthäus Passion Georg Philipp Telemann; Barock Orchester La Stravaganza, Ulrich Stötzel 1
Methodical Sonatas, 1 - 6 Felix Skowronek, Georg Philipp Telemann & Martha Goldstein 1
Oboe Sonatas Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Paris Quartets Telemann: Musica ad Rhenum, Jed Wentz 1
Suite in A minor / 2 Double Concertos Telemann; Michala Petri, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown 2
Suites (Overtures) / Concerto Telemann; Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz 1
Telemann - Suite in G minor from "Getreue Music-Meister"; Sonata in B major from "Esserzicii musici"; Partita II in G major from "Die kleine Cammer-Music"; Sonata in G minor from "Music de Table" Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Telemann: Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon Georg Philipp Telemann 1
The Cornett Cantatas Georg Philipp Telemann 1
The Great Baroque Collection Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Christian Bach & Joseph Haydn 1
The twelve Fantasias for Transverse Flute without Bass Georg Philipp Telemann; Barthold Kuijken 1
Trio Sonatas for Violin, Flute & B.C. / Trio Sonatas for Oboe, Recorder, B.C. (complete) Telemann; Fabio Biondi, Alfredo Bernardini, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Tripla Concordia 1
Triosonaten/Gambensonaten (Rameau-Trio) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Trumpet Concerto / Suite / Overture Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Trumpet Voluntary Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Ludwig Krebs, Johann Christian Fischer; Maurice André 1
Wassermusik Georg Philipp Telemann; Collegium Pro Musica, Stefano Bagliano 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Three Concertos From Tafelmusik Georg Philipp Telemann; Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, August Wenzinger 1
1990 Baroque Treasuries, Volume 4: Trumpet Concerto / Trumpet Suite / Overture Georg Philipp Telemann 1
1990 Telemann: Tafelmusik, Volume I / Hummel: Trompetenkonzert Georg Philipp Telemann / Johann Nepomuk Hummel 1
1991 Trompetenkonzerte Viviani, Vivaldi, Telemann, Händel, Joseph & Michael Haydn; Maurice André 1
1992 2 Violins and 1 Guitar II Telemann, Capelli, Carulli, von Call, Handel, Kreutzer; Anna Hölbling, Quido Hölbling, Jozef Zsapka, Ján Slávik 1
1992 Der Getreue Music-Meister Georg Philipp Telemann; Camerata Köln 4 1
1992 Meditation, Volume 4 Spohr, Telemann, Dittersdorf, Mozart, Purcell, Prokofjew, Quantz, Weber, Mahler 2
1993 Die Klassiksammlung 34: Telemann: Glanz des Barock Georg Philipp Telemann 4
1995 Concerti per molti instrumenti Georg Philipp Telemann; La Stravaganza Köln, Andrew Manze 1
1995 Die Klassiksammlung 78: Telemann: Barocke Festlichkeit Georg Philipp Telemann 2
1998 3 Darmstädter Ouverturen Georg Philipp Telemann; Kölner Kammerorchester, Helmut Müller-Brühl 2
1998 Ouverture Suites: La changeante / Les Nations anciens et modernes / Suite in D major Georg Philipp Telemann; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas Ward 1
1999 Trios and quartets from "Tafelmusik" Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2000 The Best of Telemann Georg Philipp Telemann 1
2001 Concertos Telemann 1
2002 Académie de la Chapelle Royale de Dreux feat. conductor: Henri Wojtkowiak Telemann / Tchaikovsky / Neruda 1
2002 Sonatas by Ysaÿe, Leclair, Telemann, Locatelli / Bach: Sarabande / Paganini: Cantabile Ysaÿe, Leclair, Telemann, Locatelli, Bach, Paganini; Leonid Kogan 1
2006 Oboe Concertos Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi; Han de Vries 1
2006 Virtuoso Traveller: Duet and Trio Sonatas Georg Philipp Telemann; Amarillis 1
2008 Ausgewählte Meisterwerke Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Anne Sofie von Otter Handel, Monteverdi, Telemann, Roman; Anne Sofie von Otter, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble 1
C. P. E. Bach: Six Sonatas / Telemann: Suite in D major C. P. E. Bach, Telemann; London Baroque Ensemble, Karl Haas 1
Early 18th Century Oboe Sonatas Georg Philipp Telemann, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jacques Loeillet, Johann Christoph Pepusch, Pierre Pierlot & Ruggero Gerlin 1
Georg Philipp Teleman, Concerti Grossi in D Major, Overture in C Major Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Isaac Stern & Jean-Pierre Rampal play Vivaldi & Telemann Vivaldi, Telemann; Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
La Gran Música: Telemann (Musica Antiqua Colonia feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel) Georg Philipp Telemann 1
Motetten Georg Philipp Telemann 1

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