Telemann at the Tuileries

Telemann at the Tuileries


A special re-creation of Telemann’s celebrated trip to Paris in 1737

Georg Philipp Telemann was one of the very few composers from outside France to have his works performed in the famous series of Concert Spirituel at the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Hearing his Nouveaux Quatuors for flute, violin, viola gamba and continuo performed by some of the greatest Parisian virtuosi of the day was one of Telemann’s lifetime highlights, and these powerful pieces remain some of the most popular chamber works in the baroque repertoire today. Our programme recreates two of these quartets, played alongside other French chamber music as it would have been heard at the time by the likes of Forqueray, Leclair and Blavet.

Programme typically includes:

Telemann: Nouveaux Quatuor No 5 in A major
Telemann: Nouveaux Quatuor No 6 in E minor
Leclair: Deuxième Recreation de Musique
Telemann: Canonic Duo
Blavet: Sonata Seconda, from Troisieme Livre
Jean-Joseph Mouret: Concert de Chambre
Forqueray: Pieces de Viole


A similar programme, Christmas at the Tuileries, recreates a typical Concert Spirituel Christmas Day programme, including music from the selection above plus:

Corelli: Christmas Concerto
Lalande: Noels en Trio
Balbastre: Suite de Noels