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"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Bass-baritone Klaus Mertens is celebrated by critics as an “excellent master of his craft” for his “unique power of expression, his congenial timbre, his keen intuition for text, as well as his convincing manner of making music”. He has recorded more than 200 CDs, including the entire works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude. These testify eloquently to his art of singing, which spans a great arch from Monteverdi to his contemporaries. Characterized as “the most significant Telemann interpreter of our time”, Mertens received the Telemann prize of the city of Magdeburg in 2016. In 2019, he was honored with the renowned Bach medal of the city of Leipzig as the “ideal interpreter of Bach’s cantatas and passion texts”.

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

Videos

Klaus Mertens & Tini Mathot; Schubert - Der Musensohn