Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Matthäus Passion DVD

Price: € 17.95
Format: DVD movie
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917223392
Catnr: CCDVD 72233
Release date: 06 March 2006
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917223392
Catalogue number
CCDVD 72233
Release date
06 March 2006
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About the album

Koopman's Second Passion of St. Matthew: Passion plays became the musical high points of the church year in Leipzig under Bach. That fact that the Passion of St. Matthew can still overwhelm audiences today is without a doubt. Ton Koopman decided - after the first recording at ERATO more than 10 years ago - to record this masterpiece once again and consequently to put his experience with intensive involvement with the complete cantata by Bach into it. The result could not be more convincing in picture and sound, not the least thanks to the excellent soloists, who are much more well-balanced than the first time.
De tweede opname van de Matthäus-Passion door Ton Koopman
Dit album bevat de tweede opname van de Matthäus-Passion van Johann Sebastian Bach door Ton Koopman, zijn Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, en het jongenskoor van de Sacramentskerk in Breda. De uitvoering is live opgenomen in de St. Joriskerk in Amersfoort. Er is bovendien een opname beschikbaar van een gesprek tussen vier specialisten op het gebied van Bach, waaronder Koopman zelf.

In 1992 nam Ton Koopman voor het eerst de Matthäus-Passion op. Meer dan tien jaar later besloot hij het werk opnieuw op te nemen. In deze tweede opname van de Matthäus-Passion zit de ervaring verwerkt die Koopman opdeed tijdens het opnemen van alle Bachcantates. Het resultaat kan niet minder overtuigend zijn in beeld en geluid, wat niet in de laatste plaats te danken is aan de voortreffelijke solisten.

Toen Bach in 1723 de positie van Thomascantor in Leipzig aannam, zette hij een van de meest recente en belangrijke vernieuwingen van zijn voorganger Johann Kuhnau voort: het uitvoeren van een moderne passie met aria’s, recitatieven en instrumentale begeleiding. De uitvoeringen van de passies van Bach vormden de hoogtepunten van het kerkelijke jaar in Leipzig. Volgens de catalogus van werken uit 1750 heeft Bach vijf passies gecomponeerd, die beurtelings werden opgevoerd. Er zijn slechts twee passies compleet overgeleverd: de Matthäus-Passion en de Johannes-Passion. De Matthäus-Passion kan ongetwijfeld nog steeds het publiek overweldigen.

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Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Ton Koopman founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 1979. The group consists of internationally renowned baroque specialists who meet up several times a year and work together to prepare and perform new exciting programmes. For the musicians each concert is a new experience and Koopman's boundless energy and enthusiasm are a sure guarantee of the highest quality of every single performance. The repertoire of the orchestra includes instrumental and vocal-instrumental works composed between 1600 and 1791. “I draw the line at Mozart’s death” says Ton Koopman.

The Amsterdam Baroque Choir was founded in 1992 and it made its début during the Holland Festival of Early Music in Utrecht performing the world première of the Requiem (for 15 voices) and Vespers (for 32 voices) by H.I.F.Biber. The recording of both of these works won the Cannes Classical Award for the best performance of 17th/18th century choral music. For its rare combination of textural clarity and interpretative flexibility, the Amsterdam Baroque Choir is considered among today’s most outstanding choirs.
In 1994 Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir embarked upon the most ambitious recording project of the last decades: the integral recording of Bach’s secular and sacred cantatas, performed with the very latest musicological research. For this extraordinary project Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir received the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis Echo Klassik, an award for the excellent recording of the cantatas. Next to the CD recordings 3 books have been edited and published by Christoph Wolff and Ton Koopman and the Dutch
TV has broadcast a series of six documentaries.

The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra has produced for various labels recordings of all major baroque and classical works. Among many others the orchestra has received the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, 10-Repertoire, Stern des Monats-Fono Forum, the Prix Hector Berlioz and two Edison Awards. In March 2003 Ton Koopman has founded “Antoine Marchand”, a new sub-label of Challenge Classics, which has taken over the release of all his new recordings. “Antoine Marchand” has till now published 22 CD boxes of the Bach Cantatas, a new recording of the St. Matthew Passion (on CD and DVD), a spectacular video recording of the St. Markus Passion of J.S. Bach, live recorded in Milan in March 2000, and the first five volumes of the Buxtehude Opera-Omnia Edition.

Ton Koopman and the ABO & ABC are regular guests at the major concert halls of Europe, the USA and Japan. In the 2007/08 season they will be touring extensively in Europe with appearances among others in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Vienna, Rome, Warsaw, Budapest and Moscow.

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