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This is one for collectors of obscure late baroque repertoire. It is one of 23 surviving Passion settings by Telemann from the 46 that he is known to have produced for churches in Hamburg. The 1759 setting existed for many years only in adaptations by the composer’s grandson, an organist in Riga; but in modern times a contemporary copy in full score emerged from the library of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where it had been misattributed. Telemann’s emphasis seems to have been on communicating rather than dramatising the story – I’m afraid this worthy recording won’t be dislodging the reconstructions of J.S. Bach’s St Mark Passion from my shelves.

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