February 08, 2024

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Christina Landshamer present Telemann’s ‘Ino’ & Late Works

Pentatone releases Telemann: Ino & Late Works, together with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, soprano Christina Landshamer and Bernhard Forck, in March 2024.

Music Bursting Of Life From A Senior Composer

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and soprano Christina Landshamer present a Telemann monography, consisting of his cantata Ino and instrumental works composed in the same period. Despite, or perhaps actually thanks to, Telemann’s use of just one singer, Ino is highly dramatic, depicting a desperate woman trying to save herself and her son from her husband turned mad, eventually throwing herself off a cliff and then transformed into a goddess. Telemann composed it two years before his death, and the score is exceptionally rich and colourful. The cantata is combined with his Overture in D Major, Divertimento in E-flat Major and Sinfonia melodica, each underlining the exceptional liveliness of this composer well into the ninth decade of his prolific life.

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is generally seen as one of the best period-instruments ensembles of today, and has a substantial Pentatone discography, including CANTATA with Bejun Mehta (2018), Handel’s Concerti grossi Op. 3 and 6 (released in 2019 and 2020). Telemann’s Miriways (2020), Handel’s Messiah (2020), Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (2021) and Mozart Symphonies (2023). Christina Landshamer collaborated with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin on La Passione (2022), and also featured as Marzelline on Beethoven’s Fidelio (2021). 

“Interpreting Ino – already a virtuosic role with its cascading emotions and contrasting spheres – is a real challenge for any singer. Highly dramatic events, full of tension and unexpected twists and turns, follow one another in a very short space of time. This is grand opera, which Telemann skilfully underpins with incredibly rich affects, moods and timbres.”

Christina Landshamer

Digital Release Date: 8 MARCH 2024

Physical Release: MARCH 2024

Released as 1 standard CD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.