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Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, concertmaster Bernhard Forck - CD Review, April 17th

Georg Philipp Telemann - Suite in D major, Aria "Meint ihrmich, ihrNereiden?" from the dramatic cantata "Ino" (soprano Christina Landshamer), Divertimento in E-flat major, Melodic Symphony for two oboes, strings, and continuo in C major.

On March 8th, the record label Pentatone released an album featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann, performed by the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin - one of the most esteemed orchestras in Europe specializing in Baroque repertoire performed on period instruments.

This disc includes pieces for orchestra - a suite, a divertimento, and a symphony, as well as the dramatic cantata "Ino", which the Berlin ensemble led by Bernhard Forck as concertmaster recorded together with the soloist Christina Landshamer. The esteemed 47-year-old German soprano has collaborated with the Academy for Ancient Music on two albums released in 2021 and 2022 featuring works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The artist is based in Stuttgart, works as a singing professor at the University of Music in Trossingen, and successfully tackles both opera and lied repertoire. She has recently collaborated with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden State Orchestra, the Mozarteum ensemble in Salzburg, and many other orchestras across Europe, as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser Möst, impressing with her lyrical and warm voice, highlighted in a diverse repertoire. Regarding the cantata Ino , Christina Landshamer says: "Interpreting the character of Ino, a role of virtuosity, with drama, contrasts, and tension, is a real challenge for any singer. Ino is an important opera, with nuances, varied timbres, and emotional richness."

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), one of the most important German composers of the Baroque era, founded numerous associations called Collegium Musicum. He used to conduct concerts with these ensembles in various German venues - town halls, theaters, academies, and cathedrals, successfully popularizing classical music. For his orchestras, Telemann composed an impressive number of concertos, suites, and divertimentos that combined French-style formswith German harmonic rigor, along with Italian and Polish melodic styles. Several of these orchestral works are included on the album released on March 8th, performed remarkably by the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.

The renowned orchestra founded in 1982 in Berlin frequently undertakes tours across Europe, Asia, North and South America, as well as concert series at music institutions in Berlin. Leading the ensemble are the three violinists who hold the positions of concertmasters: Bernhard Forck (under whose leadership the ensemble recently recorded the album dedicated to Telemann), Georg Kallweit, and Mayumi Hirasaki. Additionally, the orchestra maintains a constant collaboration with the esteemed musician René Jacobs and other guest conductors.

In 2006, the ensemble was awarded the Telemann Prize by the city of Magdeburg, and in 2014, the Bach Medal from Leipzig, in recognition of its merits in promoting German Baroque repertoire. In addition to its rich concert activity, the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin produces valuable recordings, with the ensemble's discography currently comprising over a hundred albums, some of which have been honored with Diapason d'Or, Gramophone, and German Critics' Awards.

Larisa Clempuș