3. Aug

Matthias Höfs presents works by Georg Philipp Telemann

As a Hamburg-based musician Matthias Höfs has a special relationship with Georg Philipp Telemann, who was a very successful composer of operas at the city’s opera house on the Gänsemarkt. Höfs’s connection with opera is as solo trumpet for 16 years with the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg. As director of music for the five parish churches of Hamburg, Telemann made a decisive contribution to the sacred music performed at those institutions, while trumpeter Höfs is actively involved in the music life of the city today, and often plays in the church of St Michael (known locally as the "Michel") and other significant “Telemann locations”.

Matthias Höfs is well aware of Telemann’s versatility – "because in addition to the more than 3500 pioneering works of music he composed he was a music publisher, concert organiser, editor of books, teacher and choirmaster at the Johanneum school; he spoke English, French, Italian, Latin and Greek, brought up 10 children, wrote poetry and grew flowers ..." The fact that this Jack-of-all-trades made a significant contribution to the trumpet literature is not widely known. "We are all familiar with the brilliant trumpet parts in the works of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, such as the Christmas Oratorio, the B minor Mass and Messiah. Telemann occupies a special place in the ranks of the Baroque composers when it comes to us trumpet players, because neither Bach nor Handel dedicated a single solo concerto to the instrument. Telemann composed no fewer than three fantastic trumpet concertos and a sonata, which are for me among the loveliest of their genre."

In the Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen the trumpeter has found his ideal musical partners for this project. The ensemble has enthused international audiences with energetic music-making and its extraordinary sound. "It was a sheer delight for me to re-discover Telemann’s music with the musicians of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie," admits Matthias Höfs.