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Johann Sebastian Bach

Ton Koopman

Six Partitas for harpsichord (Clavier Übung I) BWV 825-830

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917257427
  • Catalog number CC 72574
  • Release date 18 April 2013
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For a long time Baroque and Bach specialst Koopman wanted to record this masterpieces of Bach and now was the time to do it! Recorded in the trusted and beautiful-sounding Walloon Church in Amsterdam.

My recording of Bach’s harpsichord partitas was a long time in coming. The main reason was a lack of time (recording Bach’s complete organ works, complete cantatas and Dieterich Buxtehude’s Opera Omnia required much time and  attention). Another factor was my respect for these masterpieces by Bach – they are not something to just fit in between other projects. I already had plans to record them in the 1990s, for Erato, and now that I finally am able to, it is for my own label. They were recorded in the trusted and beautiful-sounding Walloon Church in Amsterdam, with the famous recording duo of Tini Mathot and Adriaan Verstijnen, using my own Kroesbergen/Ruckers harpsichord and Werckmeister III tuning.

The Library of Congress possesses a printed copy of the Clavier-Übung that has Bach’s own handwritten notes and additions. There has been discussion about the meaning of these, but I think this  copy gives definitive answers – these are corrections and additions made by Bach himself that do not appear in any modern editions of the partitas. Christoph Wolff talks about them in his introduction in this CD booklet. Significant, for example, is the addition in Bach’s hand to the second partita, in the transition in the sinfonia from its second to third section: there stands allegro, and a measure later, adagio. Until Christoph Wolff made this discovery, nobody knew what to do with these measures, and even now they are seldom or never played this way.
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Ton Koopman turns 75 and ABO 40 years anniversary


image Ton Koopman celebrates 75th birthday together with Johann Sebastian The renowned Ton Koopman is celebrating its 75th birthday this fall. Koopman is one of the last great early music pioneers of the first hour. Still as energetic as 40 years ago, when he founded his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (ABO), he and his ensemble are celebrating the achievement of this crown year. At the concert on October 4 in the Muziekgebouw aan ...

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