1723 marked the beginning of a new era: Johann Sebastian Bach was appointed Thomaskantor in Leipzig and was about to leave his mark on German music history like hardly any other composer.
But first, Georg Philipp Telemann, the actual preferred candidate, needed to withdraw from his appointment in favor of Hamburg. Christoph Graupner, the jury’s next choice, was unable to take up the post because he didn’t receive approval from his employer in Darmstadt.
It’s hard to believe that Bach was only the third choice!
Immerse yourself in the fascinating application process and slip into the role of the jury!
The OPUS-KLASSIK award-winning ensemble Ælbgut presents an exciting compilation of the three composers’ specially prepared trial cantatas. For this, they are working together for the first time with the young baroque specialists from Capella Jenensis.
Listen to the premiere recording of Graupner’s “Lobet den Herrn” as well as Telemann’s previously unpublished cantata “Ich muß auf den Bergen weinen und heulen” – a true rediscovery.
Which candidate would you have chosen?
Telemann | Graupner | Bach
Isabel Schicketanz – soprano
Stefan Kunath – alto
Florian Sievers – tenor
Martin Schicketanz – bass
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22
Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn, BWV 23
Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden, GWV 1113/23b
Aus der Tiefen rufen wir, GWV 1113/23a
Georg Philipp Telemann
Ich muß auf den Bergen weinen und heulen, TVWV 1:591