Portrait of Georg Philipp Telemann by Georg Lichtensteger
I will be playing the Twelve Fantasias by Georg Philipp Telemann on Saturday, October 14 at 2 pm in the Rydal Bank Church (1630 Hwy 638, ca. 10 km north of Bruce Mines). I have been working on this music for most of my professional career. My admiration for Telemann is based on the concise beauty of these small masterpieces, plus his workman-like initiative in self-publishing them in 1732-33. This concert benefits the Rydal Bank Historical Society and the historical church that they bought in 1989 and have maintained ever since.
My first solo album was of the Telemann Fantasias (originally for solo flute) was recorded in 2001. This recording is still available on streaming platforms. I was inspired upon hearing a recording of these works the great oboist, Heinz Holliger and began learning this music when I was in my 20’s while playing with the Montreal Symphony. Definitely not music that I was exposed to in school, thank goodness. You can be sure that I will keep practising this music!
Here is our programme.