Capriccio's Telemann: Cantatas & Odes finds illustrious countertenor René Jacobs estranged from his established home base of Harmonia Mundi and seeming a little like a fish out of water. Joining Jacobs on this soft adventure is the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, providing a very restrained even hesitant performance as his backing group in a program of some of Telemann's vocal music; three cantatas, adapted from their highly condensed published editions.
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform a selection of Telemann's Concerti per molti stromenti - works that feature many unusual and wonderful instrumental combination, and an amazing variety of styles. If you ever wondered where Bach got the idea for the Brandenburg Concertos, look no further than the concertos of Telemann.
The slaying of Abel by his brother Cain was one of the favourite subjects of the 18th century Italians, at the time when the oratorio was having a phenomenal success in Rome and Venice. It was most probably in one of the palaces of the “Serenissima”, and not a church, that Scarlatti first performed this astonishing “sacred entertainment”, worthy of a “verismo” opera, in 1707… God and Lucifer confront each other in the very soul of Cain, his brother’s voice is heard from heaven, and the “spatial” treatment of the tonal levels all contribute to the effectiveness of what is almost expressionistic music – there is nothing left out of this incredible Baroque Biblical “thriller”!