Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Opera Omnia XX - Vocal Works 10

Price: € 14.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917225921
Catnr: CC 72259
Release date: 10 October 2014
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€ 14.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72259
Release date
10 October 2014

"A worthy ending of an impressive monument for a great baroque master. "

Toccata, 09-3-2015

About the album

The repertoire of sacred music that originated in Protestant Germany during the second half of the 17th century is of extraordinary variety, full of riches, yet still insufficiently explored and made available. Nevertheless, notably with the Opera Omnia project completed, the large, substantial, and multi-faceted oeuvre of Dieterich Buxtehude represents the period between Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach better than any other contemporaneous composer. The works produced by him during the nearly forty years he held the distinguished position as organist at St. Mary's in Lübeck from 1668 until his death in 1707 also clearly reflect the experimental phase characteristic of sacred music composition at the time. This experimental phase led from the motets, sacred concertos, and chorale settings prevailing before 1650 to the multi-movement cantata, a new genre that with its choruses, recitatives, arias, and chorales, defined Lutheran church music after 1700 for many decades. The present album contains among the many sacred works also three secular compositions, which Buxtehude wrote for weddings commissioned by prominent families in the city of Lübeck.
Het laatste vocale deel van de reeks Opera Omnia van Ton Koopman
Deel XX van de Opera Omnia is het laatste vocale deel van de werken van Dieterich (Dietrich, Diderich) Buxtehude. Door Ton Koopman en de zijnen met evenveel gedrevenheid en precisie uitgevoerd als in het eerste deel van de vocale werken in de serie Opera Omnia. Overigens geldt dit niet alleen voor het vocale werk, maar zeker ook voor de instrumentale delen uit de reeks. Koopman en het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir brengen in deze opname een breed scala aan genres: concerten, koralen, aria's, cantates, en zelfs bruiloftmuziek die Buxtehude schreef, op verzoek van gegoede families in Lübeck. "Briljante muziek, vroege Barok, die getuigt van een grote mate van volwassenheid en soms bijna visionair is." René de Cocq, Luister.

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.

Das Repertoire an Kirchenmusik, das im protestantischen Deutschland in der zweiten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts entstand, ist außergewöhnlich vielfältig, aber bei weitem nicht ausreichend erforscht oder gar verlegt. Dieses Missstandes hat sich Ton Koopman im Opera Omnia-Projekt angenommen. Neben der Vielzahl an geistlichen Kompositionen, unter anderem aus seiner experimentellen Phase, der beispielsweise die mehrsätzige Motette entstammt, wurden auf dieser CD auch drei sekuläre Werke aufgenommen -Hochzeitsstücke, die von bekannten Familien der Stadt Lübeck in Auftrag gegeben worden waren.

Wie kein anderes spiegelt Buxtehudes facettenreiches Oeuvre die Zeit zwischen Heinrich Schütz und Johann Sebastian Bach, und diese Aufnahme vervollständigt Koopmans Studie seiner Kompositionen und Vokalwerke.
Ventesimo e ultimo volume dell’edizione integrale delle opere di Buxtehude.

Il repertorio di musica sacra originatosi nella Germania protestante durante la seconda metà del Seicento ha una varietà straordinaria, è pieno di ricchezze, eppure non è ancora sufficientemente studiato e reso disponibile. Tuttavia, soprattutto con il completamento del progetto degli Opera Omnia, l’ampio, ricco e sfaccettato catalogo di Dieterich Buxtehude ben rappresenta il periodo tra Heinrich Schütz e Johann Sebastian Bach meglio di qualsiasi altro compositore contemporaneo. Le opere da lui prodotte nei quasi quarant’anni in cui ricoprì l’importante posizione di organista della chiesa di Santa Maria a Lubecca, dal 1668 fino alla sua morte nel 1707, riflettono anche chiaramente la fase sperimentale caratteristica della composizione sacra coeva. Questa fase sperimentale condusse dai mottetti, concerti sacri e arrangiamenti di corale diffusi prima del 1650 alla cantata in più movimenti, un nuovo genere che con i suoi cori, recitativi, arie e corali, definirà la musica sacra luterana dopo il 1700 e per molti decenni. Il presente album contiene tra le molte opere sacre anche tre composizioni profane, che Buxtehude scrisse per matrimoni e commissionate da importanti famiglie della città di Lubecca.


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 of every single performance. The repertoire of the orchestra includes instrumental and vocal-instrumental works composed between 1600 and 1791. “I draw the line at Mozart’s death” says Ton Koopman.

The Amsterdam Baroque Choir was founded in 1992 and it made its début 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, performed with the very latest musicological research. For this extraordinary project Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir received the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis Echo Klassik, an award for the excellent recording of the cantatas. Next to the CD recordings 3 books have been edited and published by Christoph Wolff and Ton Koopman and the Dutch
TV has broadcast a series of six documentaries.

The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra has produced for various labels recordings of all major baroque and classical works. Among many others the orchestra has received the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, 10-Repertoire, Stern des Monats-Fono Forum, the Prix Hector Berlioz and two Edison Awards. In March 2003 Ton Koopman has founded “Antoine Marchand”, a new sub-label of Challenge Classics, which has taken over the release of all his new recordings. “Antoine Marchand” has till now published 22 CD boxes of the Bach Cantatas, a new recording of the St. Matthew Passion (on CD and DVD), a spectacular video recording of the St. Markus Passion of J.S. Bach, live recorded in Milan in March 2000, and the first five 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 2007/08 season they will be touring extensively in Europe with appearances among others in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Vienna, Rome, Warsaw, Budapest and Moscow.



A worthy ending of an impressive monument for a great baroque master. 
Toccata, 09-3-2015

"Brilliant music, early Baroque, but of great maturity, and sometimes almost visionary."
Luister, 06-3-2015

["].. Regarding the latter, Buxtehude may  wish of no better interpreter of his oeuvre than Ton Koopman. Hecan,as noother build up the tension in each work again and again. "
Reformatorisch Dagblad, 17-12-2014

"Koopman has done a monumental act with this project." "Koopman presents the works with his famous 'schwung' and rhythmical passion."
Trouw, 31-10-2014

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