Ton Koopman

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

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917257427
Catnr: CC 72574
Release date: 18 April 2013
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Challenge Classics
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0608917257427
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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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Eindelijk een opname van Bachs meesterlijke partitas door Ton Koopman
Eindelijk heeft Ton Koopman de partita’s voor clavecimbel van Johann Sebastian Bach opgenomen! Hij wilde deze meesterlijke composities al lange tijd opnemen, maar had een gebrek aan tijd. Hij was druk bezig met de opnames van alle cantates en orgelwerken van Bach, en het volledige oeuvre van Dieterich Buxtehude. Daarnaast heeft Koopman ook veel respect voor de partita’s. Hij wilde ze niet zomaar tussen twee projecten in opnemen.

De partita’s werden opgenomen in de prachtig klinkende Walloon Kerk in Amsterdam, met het beroemde opnameduo Tini Mathot en Adriaan Verstijnen. Koopman gebruikte zijn eigen Kroesbergen/Ruckers klavecimbel, in de Werckmeister III stemming. De zes partita’s, gepresenteerd onder de naam Clavier-Übung I, zijn de eerste werken voor toetsinstrument die Bach zelf uitgaf. Bach probeerde mogelijk een werk te componeren dat vergelijkbaar was met Händels Pieces pour le Clavecin. De partitta’s vormen Bachs laatste en meest volgroeide werk op het gebied van de suites.

Ton Koopman staat in Nederland bekend als de barok- en Bachspecialist, en is ook internationaal vermaard. Hij heeft een grondige kennis op het gebied van Bach en Buxtehude door musicologisch onderzoek. Met zijn Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra treedt hij over de hele wereld op. Daarnaast bespeelt Koopman ook het orgel en het klavecimbel.
Für die Aufnahme der Vokalwerke von Buxtehude erhielt Ton Koopman den Echo Klassik, weitere Preise und Ehrungen wurden ihm für zahlreiche Einspielungen zuteil, darunter sogar eine Goldene Schallplatte für 10.000 verkaufte Aufnahmen der Matthäus-Passion von J.S. Bach. Koopman gilt bekanntermaßen weltweit als absoluter Experte der Barockmusik. Der Forscher und Musiker hegte über viele Jahre den Wunsch Bachs Partiten einzuspielen. Jetzt setzte er sich ans Cembalo und spielte die Sechs Partiten aus dem 1. Buch der Clavierübung ein. Die auch klanglich hervorragende Aufnahme, die in der Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam entstand, setzt einen weiteren Glanzpunkt in Koopmans Diskographie.

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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.
Partita 1 (BWV 825): Praeludium
02:00
02.
Partita 1 (BWV 825): Allemande
05:02
03.
Partita 1 (BWV 825): Corrente
03:02
04.
Partita 1 (BWV 825): Sarabande
05:30
05.
Partita 1 (BWV 825): Menuet I & II
02:44
06.
Partita 1 (BWV 825): Gigue
02:45
07.
Partita 2 (BWV 826): Sinfonia
04:32
08.
Partita 2 (BWV 826): Allemande
04:29
09.
Partita 2 (BWV 826): Courante
02:37
10.
Partita 2 (BWV 826): Sarabande
02:48
11.
Partita 2 (BWV 826): Rondeaux
01:39
12.
Partita 2 (BWV 826): Capriccio
04:08
13.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Toccata
06:00
14.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Allemande
03:56
15.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Corrente
05:13
16.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Air
01:25
17.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Sarabande
04:48
18.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Tempo di Gavotta
02:04
19.
Partita 6 (BWV 830): Gigue
06:11

Disc #2
01.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Fantasia
02:09
02.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Allemande
03:44
03.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Corrente
03:46
04.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Sarabande
04:06
05.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Burlesca
02:07
06.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Scherzo
01:20
07.
Partita 3 (BWV 827): Gigue
03:34
08.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Ouverture
06:02
09.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Allemande
06:48
10.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Courante
03:47
11.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Aria
02:09
12.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Sarabande
05:47
13.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Menuet
01:17
14.
Partita 4 (BWV 828): Gigue
04:29
15.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Praeambulum
02:33
16.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Allemande
05:38
17.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Corrente
01:59
18.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Sarabande
04:01
19.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Tempo di Minuetta
01:46
20.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Passepied
02:08
21.
Partita 5 (BWV 829): Gigue
04:27
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