In 1750, the “Hamburg Michel”, the youngest of the city’s five main churches, fell victim to a fire caused by lightning. This catastrophe stirred up the citizens of Hamburg, who saw it as a divine punishment. People tried to make explanations in penitential services and collected money for the reconstruction. In 1762, the church was consecrated with a festive service in the presence of the Hamburg authorities and a huge crowd. Telemann wrote a large-scale oratorio for the occasion, which was appropriate to the significance of the day and which fit into the service liturgically. The poetry was by the preacher Johann Joachim Daniel Zimmermann, Telemann’s preferred Hamburg librettist.
The Kölner Akademie under the direction of Michael Alexander Willens has produced several spectacular Telemann recordings in recent years. Now the ensemble is bringing its interpretation of the inaugural music of the Hamburg landmark to the Magdeburg Telemann Festival for the first time.
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