"If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up." - Anna Akhmatova

Klaus Mertens

Bass-baritone Klaus Mertens is celebrated by the press for his "unique expressiveness, his pleasant timbre, his sensitivity for words as well as his convincing music-making" and for being an "excellent master of his Fach". "His interpretations of songs, cantatas and oratorios set standards."

Klaus Mertens’ unique characteristic is that he is the only singer worldwide to have sung and recorded the entire vocal oeuvre of both JS Bach and Buxtehude. These recordings, directed by Ton Koopman, continue to enjoy the highest international recognition.

As "one of the leading Telemann singers of our time", Klaus Mertens was awarded the Telemann-Preis of the city of Magdeburg in 2016. "As the ideal conveyor of Bach’s cantatas and passion texts…" he received the renowned Bach-Medaille of the city of Leipzig in 2019.
 

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Famous Cantatas Vol. 1
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
'Willst du dein Herz mir schenken'
Ton Koopman / Tini Mathot / Klaus Mertens
Matthäus Passion (limited edition)
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
‘Tu fedel? Tu costante?’ HWV 171a and other Italian cantatas
Ton Koopman
Matthäus Passion
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia XVII - Vocal music vol. 7
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Markus Passion (1731)
Ton Koopman & The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
An die Musik - Famous Songs by Franz Schubert
Klaus Mertens / Tini Mathot
Opera Omnia XVI - Vocal Works 6: Membra Jesu Nostri
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia XIV - Vocal Works 5
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Sinfonia - Instrumentale delen uit de cantates
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Opera Omnia XI - Vocal Works 4
Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Cantatas - 24 Highlights
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Town Council Election Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Whitsun Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Actus Tragicus
Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Dialogue Cantatas I
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Funeral Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia VII - Vocal Works III
Ton Koopman
Latin Church Music Vol. 1
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Ascension Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Solo Cantatas for Bass
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Matthäus Passion
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Wedding Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Cantatas For Marian Feasts
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Kaffee-Kantate
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia V, Vocal Works II
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia II - Das jüngste Gericht
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 22
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 21
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
La Resurrezione
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Matthäus Passion DVD
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Die Winterreise
Klaus Mertens / Tini Mathot
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 20
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 19
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 10
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 18
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 9
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 17
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 16
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 7
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 6
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 15
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 5
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 14
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 4
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 3
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 2
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 13
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 1
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
La Resurrezione
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Videos

Klaus Mertens & Tini Mathot; Schubert - Der Musensohn