Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Opera Omnia XVII - Vocal music vol. 7

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917225624
Catnr: CC 72256
Release date: 28 June 2013
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Release date
28 June 2013

"If you have never quite got to grips with Buxtehude and want performances of his profound and affecting music that are as good as any currently available, you can rely on these recordings without hesitation.", 01-3-2014

About the album

Volume 17 of the Buxtehude Opera Omnia series.

Dieterich Buxtehude’s vocal compositions represent all major genres that were current in Lutheran church music of the later 17th century. They included in particular chorale settings, concertos on biblical texts, arias on contemporary sacred poetry, dialogues, and composite forms such as concertoaria cantatas. Preeminent among them were various kinds of settings based on traditional songs from the church hymnal, i.e., “chorales” in Lutheran terminology.

This Volume includes chorale settings ("All solch dein Güt' wir preisen", "Herzlich tut mich verlangen"), arias like "An filius non est Dei, fons gratiae salus mei", which constitue an important and characteristic part of his sacred music, Ciacconas ("Laudate, pueri, Dominum", "Quemadmodum desiderat cervus") Concertos, which were the most prominent type of vocal-instrumental church music in the 17th century, and Cantata.
Emotionele vocale en instrumentale muziek van Buxtehude

Deel XVII van de Opera Omnia serie is het 7e album met vocale werken van Dieterich (Dietrich, Diderich) Buxtehude. Ook instrumentaal valt er veel te genieten, zoals bij de mooie klanken van de sonates als inleiding. Ton Koopman en het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir zorgen weer voor een wonderschone uitvoering, waarin de rijke en kleurrijke muziek van Buxtehude prachtig tot uiting komt. Vooral het Klaaglied Mit Fried und Freud, springt eruit, aangrijpend gezongen door Maarten Engeltjes. Buxtehude schreef dit Klaaglied als treurmuziek voor de begrafenis van zijn vader. "Quite simply, a must hear.", BBC Music Magazine, februari 2014.

Buxtehude stond in zijn tijd, de late 17e eeuw, bekend om zijn grootschalige oratoria, die hij componeerde voor zijn Abendmusiken. De concerten die hij in de wintermaanden organiseerde voor de rijke kooplieden van de stad. Deze oratoria zijn helaas niet bewaard gebleven. Dat gold wel voor zijn andere vocale werk.

Buxtehude was een Deens-Duitse organist en een door velen bewonderde componist uit de barokperiode. Hij componeerde vocale en instrumentale muziek. Het grootste deel van zijn oeuvre bestaat uit divers vocaal werk, zoals geestelijke concerten, aria's, koralen, cantates en canons, weelderige en rijke muziek. Zijn orgelwerken omvatten een aanzienlijk deel van het standaard orgelrepertoire van onze hedendaagse kerkdiensten. Buxtehude wordt beschouwd als de belangrijkste Duitse componist in de periode tussen Heinrich Schütz en Bach. 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.
Arien, Choräle und Geistliche Konzerte - Volume 7 in der Buxtehude-Gesamtaufnahme mit Ton Koopman.

Ton Koopman setzt seine herausragende Edition sämtlicher Werke von Dietrich Buxtehude mit einer weiteren Doppel-CD fort. Unterstützung erfährt er nich nur durch das einmalige Amsterdam Baroque Orchester sondern auch durch die erstklassige Sängerriege.


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.

As an organist, Koopman has for decades played on the most important historical instruments in Europe, and as harpsichordist and conductor of the ABO&C, he makes guest appearances at virtually all the world’s leading concert halls and music festivals. In addition, Koopman is in high demand as a guest conductor and has collaborated with many leading orchestras in Europe, the United States and Japan. Koopman’s wide-ranging musical activities as a soloist, accompanist, continuo player and conductor have been documented through the years on various record labels such as Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips and DGG. In 2003, he founded his own label, Antoine Marchand, distributed by Challenge Classics.

Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman has been engaged in a unique project, conducting and recording all the eXIVsting 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.

Koopman is currently working on his next major project – performing and recording the complete surviving works of Dieterich Buxtehude, who served as an important model for the young Johann Sebastian Bach. He also chairs the International D. Buxtehude Society.

Ton Koopman publishes regularly and for a number of years he has been engaged in editing the complete Handel Organ Concertos for Breitkopf & Härtel. Recently he has published Handel’s Messiah and Buxtehude‘s Das Jüngste Gericht for Carus Verlag. 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
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir is a group of renowned baroque specialists, who meet up several times a year to perform new concert programs. The orchestra was founded by Ton Koopman in 1979, the choir followed in 1992. Both groups were combined to become the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (ABO&C). Koopman’s thorough knowledge of especially the baroque repertoire, plus his insight and boundless energy and enthusiasm, are sure to guarantee concert performances of the highest quality. The repertoire of the ABO&C includes instrumental and vocal-instrumental works composed between 1600 and 1800. “I draw the line at Mozart’s death in 1791”, Ton Koopman said once.

The ABO&C made its début in 1992 during the Holland Festival of Early Music in Utrecht, performing the world première of both the Requiem (for 15 voices) and Vespers (for 32 voices) by the 17th century composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz (von) Biber. The recording won the Cannes Classical Award for best performance of 17th/18th century choral music. Because of its rare combination of textural clarity and interpretative fleXIVbility, the choir is considered to be amongst the most outstanding choirs of today.

In 1994 Ton Koopman and his ABO&C embarked upon the most ambitious recording project of the past decade: the integral recording of all of Bach’s secular and sacred cantatas, performed on the basis of the latest international musicological research. For the first 4 volumes of the Bach cantata series, which now comprises 22 volumes, Ton Koopman and the ABO&C received the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis Echo Klassik 1997. Once the first twelve parts of the Bach cantata series had been launched, Ton Koopman founded his own record label: “Antoine Marchand” (distributed by Challenge Classics). This label produced the remainder this prestigious CD Series.

For 15 years, the ABO&C orchestra worked closely with the French label Erato, for which it made beautiful recordings of many baroque and classical compositions. Over the years, the orchestra has received many prizes and awards, such as The Gramophone Award, Diapason d’Or, 10-Repertoir, Stern des Monats-Fono Forum, the Prix Hector Berlioz and two Edisons (The Netherlands).

The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir is a regular guest at large concert halls in Europe, the United States and Japan.



If you have never quite got to grips with Buxtehude and want performances of his profound and affecting music that are as good as any currently available, you can rely on these recordings without hesitation., 01-3-2014

Quite simply, a must-hear.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-2-2014

(...) the performances (...) clearly made with love (...)
Gramophone, 01-1-2014

These two discs mix the well-known with the obscure, and the small-scale with the grandiose in glorious performances that serve only to remind us what a great composer Buxtehude was, no matter to which medium he has turned his hand.
Early Music Review, 01-12-2013

"In the meantime, enjoy this latest episode that again excels in instrumental and vocal splendor on the basis of coherence, balance, diction, phrasing, rhythmic foundation, fantastic panorama that unfolds through a phenomenal insight into what was there and what was to come", 21-10-2013

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