Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Easter Cantatas

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917223125
Catnr: CC 72231
Release date: 01 March 2005
2 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917223125
Catalogue number
CC 72231
Release date
01 March 2005
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

This CD-box gives a full reproduction -with exception of the Passion - of the musical program Bach offered in 1724, starting from March 24 (Annunciation) until April 11 (Third Easterday). This was Bach's first year as Thomaskantor in Leipzig.

The two cd's show us the master's very differentiated Cantata-style from his early years until after 1725. Examples of later works are his Cantata BWV 6, a genuine work from his Leipzig-period and composed in 1725. Cantatas BWV 145 and 158 were written in the years after that. Ton Koopman and his choir are as differentiated in their performances as Bach in his composing: clear and bright in the chorales and in contrapuntal choirs really articulate and outstanding. But that are just a few superlatives which can be used for an album such as this! This Easter you can enjoy this wonderful album with Koopman, hist choir and orchestra and of course the best of solists!
Genieten van prachtige Paascantates van Bach
Met Pasen kunt u genieten van deze opnames van 9 prachtige liederen van Johann Sebastian Bach. Zoals altijd voortreffelijk uitgevoerd door Ton Koopman, zijn Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, en natuurlijk de allerbeste solisten!

In de tijd (1723-1750) dat Bach in Leipzig woonde, was hij als Thomascantor verantwoordelijk voor de muziek in de Thomas- en Nikolaikerk. Bach stelde zichzelf als taak om zoveel mogelijk eigen en nieuwe composities uit te voeren. Dit album bevat een volledige weergave van het muzikale programma, dat Bach in zijn eerste jaren in Leipzig rond Pasen aanbood aan de kerken. Weliswaar met uitzondering van de Johannes- en Matthäuspassies. De opnames tonen de onderscheidende stijl van de cantates van de meester, vanaf zijn jonge jaren tot na 1725. Voorbeelden van die latere werken zijn de Cantates BWV 6 geschreven in 1725 en de Cantates BWV 145 en 158, die daarna zijn gecomponeerd.

De uitvoeringen van Ton Koopman en zijn koor zijn al net zo onderscheidend als de composities van Bach. Koopman studeerde orgel, klavecimbel en muziekwetenschap in Amsterdam. Vanuit onder andere zijn fascinatie voor historische instrumenten concentreerde Koopman zich tijdens zijn studies op Barokmuziek, met speciale aandacht voor Johann Sebastian Bach. Van 1994 tot 2004 werkte hij met het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir aan zijn 'mammoetproject': het uitvoeren en opnemen van alle overgeleverde cantates van Bach. Ton Koopman is een leidende persoonlijkheid binnen de oude-muziek-beweging.

Artist(s)

Ton Koopman was born in Zwolle in 1944. After a classical education he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments. Almost from the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated with authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship.

Even before completing his studies he laid the foundations for a career as a conductor of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music and this fascination with the Baroque era led him in 1969, at age 25, to establish his first Baroque orchestra and, in 1979, to found The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra followed in 1993 by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir.

Koopman's extensive and impressive activities as a soloist, accompanist and conductor have been recorded on a large number of LP's and CD's for labels like Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips and DGG. Recently Ton Koopman has created his own record label: 'Antoine Marchand', with which he will publish his future recordings.

Over the course of a forty-year career Ton Koopman has appeared at the most important concert halls and festivals of the five continents. As an organist he has performed on the most prestigious historical instruments of Europe, and as a harpsichord player and conductor of his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir he has been a regular guest at venues which include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Philharmonie in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Lincoln Center in New York, and leading concert halls in Vienna, London, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Salzburg, Tokyo and Osaka. Over the past ten years Ton Koopman has been engaged in 'the recording project of the '90's' (so described by 'The Guardian' in London). Between 1994 and 2004 he has conducted and recorded all the existing cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, a massive work for which he has been awarded with the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis "Echo Klassik 1997", the Prix Hector Berlioz, and been nominated for both the Grammy Award (USA) and the Gramophone Award (UK). In March 2000 he received an Honorary Degree from the Utrecht University for his scholarly work on the Bach Cantatas and Passions and in February 2004 he was awarded both the prestigious Silver Phonograph by the Dutch recording industry and the VSCD Classical Music Award 2004 by the Directors of Theatres and Concert Halls of Holland. Ton Koopman is also very active as a guest conductor and he has worked with many prominent orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Boston Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Orchestra and many others. He has been for eight years principal conductor of the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Holland and he is principal guest conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. In the coming season he will be working with the Chicago Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Helsinki Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Ton Koopman publishes regularly and for a number of years he has been engaged in editing the complete Handel Organ Concerti for Breitkopf & Härtel. Pedagogy has been an important factor in Ton Koopman's life for many years and to that end he is professor of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Disc #1
01.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Sinfonia
02:01
02.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Chorus: Himmelskönig, sei willkommen
03:00
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Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Recitative: Siehe, siehe, ich komme (Bass)
00:31
04.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Aria: Starkes Lieben (Bass)
02:34
05.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Aria: Leget euch dem Heiland unter (Alto)
06:36
06.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Aria: Jesu, lass durch Wohl und Weh (Tenor)
03:39
07.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Chorale: Jesu, deine Passion (Chorus)
02:29
08.
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (Concerto) BWV 182: Chorus: So lasset uns gehen in Salem der Freuden
03:53
09.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Sinfonia
01:09
10.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus I - Chorus: Christ lag in Todesbanden
03:42
11.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus 2 - Duet: Den Tod niemand zwingen kahn (Soprano, Alto)
04:09
12.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus 3 - Aria: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn (Tenor)
02:03
13.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus 4 - Chorus: Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg
02:07
14.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus 5 - Aria: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm (Bass)
02:54
15.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus 6 - Duet: So feiern wir das hohe Fest (Soprano, Tenor)
01:57
16.
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4: Versus 7 - Chorale: Wir essen und leben wohl (Chorus)
01:19
17.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Sonata
02:30
18.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Der Himmel lacht! (Chorus)
02:30
19.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Recitative: Erwunschter Tag! sei, Seele (Bass)
03:35
20.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Aria: Furst des Lebens, starker Streiter (Bass)
02:04
21.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Recitative: So stehe dann, du gottergebne Seele (Tenor)
03:24
22.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Aria: Adam muss in uns verwesen (Tenor)
01:06
23.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Recitative: Weil dann das Haupt seiner Glied (Soprano)
02:18
24.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: Aria: Letzte Stunde, brich herein (Soprano)
00:50
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Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret BWV 31: So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ (Chorus)
04:04
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Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 6: Chor: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
06:09
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Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 6: Arie: Hochgelobter Gottessohn
03:09
28.
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 6: Choral: Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesus Christ
03:45

Disc #2
01.
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 6: Recitative: Es hat die Dunkelheit (bass)
00:42
02.
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 6: Aria: Jesu, Laß uns auf dich sehen (tenor)
03:15
03.
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 6: Chorale: Beweis dein Macht, Herr Jesu Christ
00:37
04.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen BWV 66: Chorus: Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen
09:19
05.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen BWV 66: Recitative: Es bricht das Grab (Bass)
00:34
06.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen BWV 66: Aria: Lasset dem Höchsten ein Danklied erschallen (Bass)
05:41
07.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen BWV 66: Recitative and Arioso: Bei Jesu Leben freudig sein (Alto, Tenor)
03:49
08.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen BWV 66: Duet: Ich furchte zwar des Grabes Finsternissen (Alto, Tenor)
06:15
09.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen BWV 66: Chorale: Alleluja!
00:43
10.
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Recitative: Der Friede sei mit dir (Bass)
01:40
11.
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Aria and Chorale: Welt, ade, ich bin dein Müde (Bass and Sopranos)
05:42
12.
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Recitative: Nun Herr, regiere meinen Sinn (Bass)
01:20
13.
Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158: Chorale: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm
01:03
14.
Ein Herz das seinen Jesum lebend weiß BWV 134: Recitative: Ein Herz, das seinem Jesum lebend Weiß (Tenor, Alto)
00:41
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Ein Herz das seinen Jesum lebend weiß BWV 134: Aria: Auf, Glaübige, singet die lieblichen Lieder (Tenor)
05:42
16.
Ein Herz das seinen Jesum lebend weiß BWV 134: Recitative: Wohl dir, Gott hat an dich gedacht (Tenor, Alto)
02:08
17.
Ein Herz das seinen Jesum lebend weiß BWV 134: Aria: Wir danken un preisen dein brünstiges Lieben (Tenor, Alto)
07:22
18.
Ein Herz das seinen Jesum lebend weiß BWV 134: Recitative: Doch wirke selbst den Dank in unserm Munde (Tenor, Alto)
01:50
19.
Ein Herz das seinen Jesum lebend weiß BWV 134: Chorus: Erschallet, ihr Himmel
07:30
20.
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen BWV 145: Aria: Ich lebe, mein Herze (Soprano, Tenor)
02:58
21.
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen BWV 145: Recitative: Nun fordre, Moses, wie du willt (Tenor)
00:55
22.
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen BWV 145: Aria: Merke, mein Herze, beständig nur dies (Bass)
03:05
23.
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen BWV 145: Recitative: Mein Jesu lebt! (Soprano)
00:45
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Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen BWV 145: Chorale: Drum wir auch billig fröhlich sein
00:30
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