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Opera Omnia III, Organ Works I

Ton Koopman

Opera Omnia III, Organ Works I

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917224221
Catnr: CC 72242
Release date: 07 May 2007
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917224221
Catalogue number
CC 72242
Release date
07 May 2007
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About the album

This recording contains some of the most mature, harmonically daring and most accomplished of Buxtehude's compositions, including BuxWV 139, 141, 146, 210 and 213. Since Buxtehude in his later organ works was oriented towards the innovations in harmonic temperament introduced by Andreas Werckmeister after 1680, the compositions on this CD were recorded on an organ tuned according to Werckmeister's system. Buxtehude himself was a theatrical personality, the church his theatre. To do his compositions justice we need a ÒmachoÓ playing style and virtuosity, but also emotion, fantasy, contrast, beautiful registers and a unique historical instrument. The splendid historic organ of Altenbruch is ideal for the later works of Buxtehude.

Dieterich Buxtehude (Dietrich, Diderich) was a German-Danish organist and a highly regarded composer of the baroque period. His organ works comprise a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and church services. He wrote in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck for most of his life, Buxtehude is considered today to be the leading German composer in the time between Schütz and Bach.

Coci/Klapmeyer Organ (1498/1728), St. Nicolai Kirche, Altenbruch (D)
Orgelwerken van Buxtehude spelen, is een avontuur volgensTon Koopman
In deel III van de Opera Omnia speelt Ton Koopman de latere orgelwerken van Dieterich (Dietrich, Diderich) Buxtehude. Voor een historisch verantwoorde aanpak van zijn orgelconcerten, koos Koopman de instrumenten met zorg uit. In dit 1e album met orgelwerken speelt hij op het Coci/Klapmeyer orgel (1498/1728) van de St. Nicolai kerk in Altenbruch, Duitsland. Dit prachtige orgel is ideaal voor de latere werken van Buxtehude, die een theatraal karakter had, met de kerk als zijn toneel. Om recht te doen aan zijn composities is een gewaagde speelstijl nodig, met virtuositeit, maar ook met emotie en fantasie. En dat lukt Koopman als geen ander. Door zijn manier van spelen blijf je van begin tot eind geboeid.

Buxtehude was een Deens-Duitse organist en door velen bewonderde componist uit de barokperiode. Hij componeerde vocale en instrumentale muziek. Zijn orgelwerken omvatten een aanzienlijk deel van het standaard orgelrepertoire van onze hedendaagse kerkdiensten. Zijn stijl heeft veel componisten sterk beïnvloed. Hij was één van de grote voorbeelden van Johann Sebastian Bach. Het verhaal gaat dat Bach, toen 20 jaar, in 1705 helemaal naar Lübeck liep - 400 km - om Dieterich Buxtehude daar in de Marienkirche te horen spelen.

Wellicht dat die anekdote Ton Koopman inspireerde tot zijn project Opera Omnia om het gehele bewaard gebleven oeuvre van Buxtehude uit te voeren en op te nemen. Er was hem veel aan gelegen Buxtehude als het brein achter de vocale muziek van Bach te erkennen. Koopman is een van de meest vooraanstaande uitvoerders van oude muziek en voorzittter van het Internationale Buxtehude Gesellschaft.
Die vorliegende Einspielung innerhalb der Buxtehude-Gesamtaufnahme von Ton Koopman, enthält einige der reifsten, harmonisch gewagtesten und kompositorisch kunstvollsten Werke des Lübecker Meisters, darunter BuxWV 139, 141, 146, 210 und 213. Da Buxtehude sich in seinen späteren Orgelwerken an den durch Andreas Werckmeister nach 1680 eingeführten Neuerungen der harmonischen Temperatur orientiert, wurden die Kompositionen dieser Aufnahme an einer Orgel aufgenommen, die in Werckmeister-Stimmung steht. Nur auf diese Weise können die von Buxtehude verlangten Töne wie his, eis, fisis oder Dreiklänge wie Gis-Dur und Cis-Dur sowie verwegene Akkordverbindungen musikalisch sinnvoll dargestellt werden.Die Altenbrucher Orgel erklang zum ersten Mal 1448 und wurde von den besten Meistern ihrer Zeit gebaut und fortentwickelt. Sie wurde in den Jahren 2002 - 04 durch die Werkstatt Järgen und Hendrik Ahrend umfassend restauriert.

Artist(s)

Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

Ton Koopman is a leading figure in Early Music and historically informed performance practice. As organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman has performed all over the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. His Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman and ABO&C have recorded all sacred and secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, an extraordinary project that earned international acclaim. After that Koopman recorded the complete works by Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Besides performing as a soloist and with his ABO&C, Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor for modern orchestras and also devotes part of his time...
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Ton Koopman is a leading figure in Early Music and historically informed performance practice. As organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman has performed all over the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. His Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman and ABO&C have recorded all sacred and secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, an extraordinary project that earned international acclaim. After that Koopman recorded the complete works by Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Besides performing as a soloist and with his ABO&C, Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor for modern orchestras and also devotes part of his time to teaching. Ton Koopman is president of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society and, since 2019, president of the Leipzig Bach Archiv.

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Composer(s)

Dieterich Buxtehude

Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In...
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Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In the works he wrote for these occasions, his enormous fantasy and creative freedom truly shows. As an organ player, Buxtehude was widely famous. If you would listen to his Organ Preludes, you would quickly know why. Buxtehude manages to combine an unprecedented virtuosity with a large variety of styles and techniques. No wonder Bach traveled all that way to see him!


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