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By Sam Tellig
George Philipp Telemann, more famous in his lifetime than Johann Sebastian Bach, was one of the most prolific composers of the early 18th century. The Darmstadt Overtures date from around the 1730’s, creating a perfect mix of vivacity and relaxation. There is no lack of expressive eloquence or wit in a series of works that today we would describe as ‘Suites’. Each overture contains a number of movements, many in dance rhythm, providing members of the orchestra with a virtuoso solo section. This entertaining music would make an ideal start to anyone discovering the composer.
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TELEMANN: Darmstadt Overtures (Suites)