Tini Mathot / Ton Koopman

C.P.E. Bach 300 years / Fantasia & 6 Organ Sonatas

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917266825
Catnr: CC 72668
Release date: 31 October 2014
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In his day, C.P.E. Bach was often characterised as being an ‘original genius’. His compositions bear striking witness to this fertile originality. For a longtime C.P.E. Bach was viewed as the most renowned Sturm und Drang composer. However the free fantasy, so fabulously represented by C.P.E. Bach, is a phenomenon whose roots date back at least a century earlier. Likewise, the music’s improvisatory character, firmly grounded in a formidable improvisatory ability and C.P.E. Bach’s exceptionally unique harmonic insight, was already a prominent feature in music written long before the Sturm und Drang period, that of Johann Jakob Froberger and the composers who employed the Stylus Phantasticus (Dieterich Buxtehude, Nicolaus Bruhns and the young Johann Sebastian Bach). Rather than attempting to categorise C.P.E. Bach as belonging to a particular stylistic period, it is far better to view him as a highly individual and original composer. His keyboard music forms a unique oeuvre, without any equivalent in his day (incidentally, the word keyboard is used here to refer to clavichord, fortepiano and harpsichord!). Freedom permeates this music, along with unexpected harmonic modulations, rhetoric, virtuosity, special effects, precisely notated articulations, every dynamic gradation, unlimited variety, abrupt stops and tempo changes.

Jubileumalbum met werken van het originele genie C.P.E. Bach
Voor deze jubileumgelegenheid van Carl Philip Emanuel Bachs 300e, Ton Koopmans 70e, en Tini Mathots 65e verjaardag is er een opname gemaakt met werken voor fortepiano en zes orgelsonates van C.P.E. Bach.

In zijn tijd werd C.P.E. Bach vaak gezien als een ‘origineel genie’, omdat zijn composities getuigen van zijn grote originaliteit. In zijn tijd werd C.P.E. Bach meer geëerd dan zijn relatief onbekende vader Johann Sebastian Bach en voor lange tijd werd C.P.E. Bach beschouwd als de bekendste 'Sturm und Drang' componist. Zijn pianomuziek vormt een uniek oeuvre en kent geen equivalent in zijn tijd. De muziek zit vol met instrumentale special effects, virtuositeit, abrupte rusten en veranderingen in tempo. Dat maakt zijn repertoire tot een zeer boeiend en gevarieerd geheel.

Tini Mathot en Ton Koopman zijn een echtpaar dat regelmatig samen optreedt en muziek opneemt. Ze spelen zowel onbekende als bekende werken die variëren van de renaissance tot en met het classicisme. Naast latere werken voor fortepiano die gespeeld worden door Tini bevat dit album ook een zestal orgelsonates, die worden uitgevoerd door Ton Koopman. Een prachtig jubileumalbum en eerbetoon aan de grote componist C.P.E. Bach.

Obwohl die Wurzeln der freien Fantasie über ein Jahrhundert vor C.P.E. Bach liegen, so ist doch er der bekannteste Komponist dieser Gattung. Seine Musik ist geprägt von Modulationen, Virtuosität, unbeschränkte Vielfalt, dem ein oder anderen Spezialeffekt und einem Gefühl von Freiheit, die seine Fantasien so besonders machen. Mit dieser Aufnahme feiern die Musiker gleich drei Jubiläen: C.P.E. Bachs 300., Ton Koopmans 70. und Tini Mathots 65. Geburtstag. Zu diesem Anlass enthält sie eine brandneue Aufnahme von Tini Mathot und späten Werken für Hammerflügel und von Ton Koopman mit den Orgelsonaten opus 6. Wenn das kein Grund zur Freude ist!
Ton Koopman e sua moglie Tini Mathot celebrano il 300° anniversario di CPE Bach, il 65° di Tini Mathot e il 70° di Ton Koopman

Ai suoi tempi, C.P.E. Bach era spesso considerato come un ‘genio originale’. Le sue composizioni sono un’eclatante testimonianza di questa fertile originalità. C.P.E. Bach è stato a lungo considerato come il più rappresentativo compositore dello Sturm und Drang. Tuttavia la fantasia libera, così magnificamente rappresentata da C.P.E. Bach, è un fenomeno le cui radici risalgono almeno al secolo precedente. Allo stesso modo, il carattere improvvisatorio della musica, saldamente fondato su una formidabile capacità improvvisativa e sulla singolarità ed eccezionalità del genio armonico di C.P.E. Bach, era già una caratteristica saliente della musica scritta molto prima del periodo dello Sturm und Drang, quella di Johann Jakob Froberger e dei compositori che praticavano lo Stylus Phantasticus (Dieterich Buxtehude, Nicolaus Bruhns e il giovane Johann Sebastian Bach). Più che cercare di classificare C.P.E. Bach come appartenente ad un particolare periodo stilistico, sarebbe meglio considerarlo come un compositore estremamente individuale e originale. La sua musica per tastiera rappresenta un unicum, senza alcun equivalente ai suoi tempi. La libertà permea questa musica, insieme ad inattese modulazioni armoniche, retorica, virtuosismo, effetti speciali, articolazioni annotate con precisione, ogni tipo di gradazione dinamica, varietà illimitata, improvvise fermate e cambi di tempo.

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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.
March 2004

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