Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Ascension Cantatas

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917228526
Catnr: CC 72285
Release date: 01 March 2008
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Challenge Classics
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0608917228526
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CC 72285
Release date
01 March 2008
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About the album

Ascension Day belongs to the most prominent feasts related to the life of Christ and therefore required special musical consideration in Bach’s time and he carefully paid attention to this. It does not surprise, therefore, when Bach included this feast day in his plans of the 1730s to give “oratorio status” to some works written for Christmas, Easter, and Ascension.

“Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen“ BWV 11, entitled by Bach „Oratorium Festo Ascensionis Christi“, was first performed on 19 May 1735. “Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen“ BWV 43 was first performed on 30 May 1726. The text of this cantata was taken froma cycle of sacred poetry by Ernst Ludwig, Duke of Saxe - Meiningen.

The cantata “Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein“ BWV 128 was first performed on 10 May 1725.The cantata “Wer da gläubet und getauft wird“ BWV 37 was premiered on 18 May 1724.
Hemelvaartcantates van Bach uitgevoerd door Koopman en zijn toonaangevende ensemble
Hemelvaartsdag behoort tot de belangrijkste feestdagen rondom het verhaal van het leven van Christus. Deze dag vereiste daarom in Bachs tijd een bijzondere muzikale beschouwing, waar hij dan ook zorgvuldig aandacht aan besteedde. Het is dan ook niet verrassend dat Bach deze feestdag toevoegde aan zijn plannen uit de jaren 30 van de 16e eeuw om enkele werken voor de kerkelijke feestdagen een ‘oratoriumstatus’ te geven.

Deze oratoriumcategorie bevat onder andere Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11. Bach werd in zijn keuze voor de term ‘oratorium’, die wezenlijk niet verschilt van ‘cantate’, mogelijk aangemoedigd door het feit dat de recitatieven het Bijbelse verhaal van de Hemelvaart op samenhangende wijze presenteren.

De tekst van Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43 is afkomstig uit een jaarlijkse cyclus van geestelijk poëzie van Ernst Ludwig, Hertog van Saxe-Meiningen en de werkgever van Bachs neef Johann Ludwig, die de complete cyclus van muziek voorzag.

Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128 begint met een uitgebreid openingskoor in de vorm van een polyfoon koraaldeel, en houdt zich aan het typische karakter van de openingsdelen van Bachs cyclus van koraalcantates, die een paar weken voor de eerste uitvoering van BWV 128 op 10 mei 1725 abrupt tot een einde was gekomen.

Het grootschalige openingsdeel van Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37 begint met een instrumentale sinfonia, die het feestelijke karakter van Hemelvaart benadrukt, gevolgd door een dicht gecomponeerd meerstemmig koor.
Inhalt: 'Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11 / 'Wer da gläubet und getauft wird' BWV 37 / Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43 / Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128

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Ton Koopman
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. From the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated by authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship and in 1969, at the age of 25, he created his first Baroque orchestra. In 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra followed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992.

Koopman's extensive and impressive activities as a soloist, accompanist and conductor have been recorded on a large number of LPs and CDs for labels like Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips and DG, besides his own record label “Antoine Marchand”, distributed by Challenge Records.

Over the course of a forty-five-year career Ton Koopman has appeared in 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 the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir he has been a regular guest at venues which include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Philharmonie in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York and leading concert halls in Vienna, London, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Salzburg, Tokyo and Osaka.

Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman has been engaged in a unique project, conducting and recording all the existing Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, a massive undertaking for which he has been awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis "Echo Klassik", the BBC Award 2008, the Prix Hector Berlioz, has been nominated for the Grammy Award (USA) and the Gramophone Award (UK). In 2000 Ton Koopman has received an Honorary Degree from the Utrecht University for his academic work on the Bach Cantatas and Passions and has been awarded both the prestigious Silver Phonograph Prize and the VSCD Classical Music Award. In 2006 he has received the « Bach-Medaille » from the City of Leipzig.

Recently Ton Koopman has embarked on another main project: the recording of the whole works by Dietrich Buxtehude, one of the great inspirer of the young J.S. Bach. The recording will be accomplished in 2010 with the release of 30 CDs. Ton Koopman is President of the “International Dieterich Buxtehude Society”.

Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor and he has collaborated with many prominent orchestras in Europe, USA and Japan. He has been Principal Conductor of the Netherland Radio Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, DSO Berlin, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Wiener Symphoniker. In the following season he will work on new programmes with the New York Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Orchestra RAI in Turin, Stockholm Philharmonic, Tonhalle in Zurich. After the great success of his tour at the beginning of 2008, Ton Koopman has been nominated Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra for three consecutive years starting in 2011.

Ton Koopman publishes regularly and for a number of years he has been engaged in editing the complete Händel Organ Concertos for Breitkopf & Härtel. Recently he has published Händel’s Messiah and Buxtehude‘s Das Jüngeste Gericht for Carus. Ton Koopman leads the class of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, is Professor at the University of Leiden and is a Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Ton Koopman is artistic director of the French Festival “Itinéraire Baroque”.

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.

The Amsterdam Baroque Choir was founded in 1992 and it made its debut 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. For this extraordinary project Koopman and his ensemble received the Deutsche Schallplatten-Preis Echo Klassik. Next to the CD recordings three books have been edited and published by Ton Koopman and the musicologist Christoph Wolff and a series of six documentaries was produced and broadcasted by various TV stations.

Alongside Bach’s music the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has recorded all major baroque and classical works. Major recognitions include the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, 10-Repertoire, Stern des Monats-Fono Forum, the Prix Hector Berlioz and two Edison Awards. In 2008 the ensemble and Ton Koopman have been honoured with the prestigious BBC Award.

Since March 2003 “Antoine Marchand”, a new sub-label of Challenge Classics, took over the release of Koopman’s new recordings and among many others has published 22 CD boxes of the Bach Cantatas, a new recording of the St. Matthew Passion (on CD and DVD) and St. Markus Passion of J.S. Bach (DVD), live recorded in Milan, as well as the first seven 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 2008/09 season they will tour extensively in Europe (Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf etc) and in Far East with concerts in Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.

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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Chorus: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Recitative (Tenor): Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hände auf
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Recitative (Bass): Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied schon so nah?
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Aria (Alto): Ach, bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Recitative (Tenor): Und ward aufgehaben zusehends
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Chorale: Nun lieget alles unter dir
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: a. Recitative (Tenor, Bass): Und da sie ihm nachsahen b. Recitative (Alto): “Ah ja! so komme bald zurück” c. Recitative (Tenor): Sie aber beteten ihn an
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Aria (Soprano): Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke
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Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11: Chorale: Wenn soll es doch geschehen
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Chorus: Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Recitative (Tenor): Es will der Höchste sich ein siegsgepräng bereiten
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Aria (Tenor): Ja tausendmal tausend begleiten den Wagen
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Recitative (Soprano): Und der Herr, nachdem er mit ihnen geredet hatte
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Aria (Soprano): Mein Jesus hat nunmehr
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Recitative (Bass): Es kommt der Helden Held
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Aria (Bass): Er ists, der ganz allein
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Recitative (Alto): Der Vater hat ihm ja
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Aria (Alto): Ich sehe schon im Geist
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Recitative (Soprano): Er will mir neben sich
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Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43: Chorale: Du Lebensfürst, Herr Jesu christ
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Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128: Chorus: Auf christi Himmelfahrt allein
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Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128: Recitative (Tenor): Ich bin bereit, komm, hole mich
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Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128: Aria (Bass): Auf, auf, mit hellem schall
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Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128: Aria (Duet Alto, Tenor): sein Allmacht zu ergründen
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Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128: Chorale: Alsdenn so wirst du mich
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Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37: Chorus: Wer da gläubet und getauft wird
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Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37: Aria (Tenor): Der Glaube ist das Pfand der Liebe
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Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37: Chorale (Soprano, Alto): Herr Gott Vater, mein starker Held
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Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37: Recitative (Bass): Ihr sterblichen
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Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37: Aria (Bass): Der Glaube schafft der seele Flügel
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Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37: Chorale: Den Glauben mir verleihe
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