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Solo Cantatas for Bass

Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Solo Cantatas for Bass

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917228328
Catnr: CC 72283
Release date: 01 February 2008
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Challenge Classics
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0608917228328
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CC 72283
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01 February 2008
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About the album

Recorded at the Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam 1995 (BWV 203) and 2001 (BWV 56, 82, 158)
The performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas usually requires a choir of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices. Within these cantatas, however, all recitatives and arias are assigned to solo singers usually representing three or four different voices.

Few of Bach’s professional solo singers from Weimar and Leipzig are known, but it is clear that he always had a few particularly competent soloists at his disposal - in Leipzig through stipends provided by the city council. One of Bach’s principal bass soloists in the 1740s was his private pupil and later son in law, Johann Christoph Altnickol. He came to Leipzig from Breslau (Wroclaw), where he had been a paid choir singer at the Mary Magdalene Church. He moved to Leipzig in order to attend the university, taking along two fellow choristers and soloists, who also entered Bach’s ensemble.

The solo cantata “Ich habe genung” BWV 82 was composed for the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary on 2 February 1727. The author of the text is anonymous.

The solo cantata “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” BWV 56 was first performed on 27 October 1726, the 19th Sunday after Trinity.

The cantata “Der Friede sei mit dir” BWV 158 survives with designations for two liturgical occasions (Purification/Third Day of Easter) in a manuscript copied by a reliable scribe shortly after Bach‘s death. The origins of the work are therefore uncertain, but most likely it represents an expansion of a solo cantata originally written (like BWV 82) for the Marian Feast of Purification on 2 February.

"Amore traditore” BWV 203, in the typical format (aria-recitative-aria) of the Italian secular solo cantata, is based on an anonymous text that was also set by the Neapolitan composer Nicola Fago (1677-1745). The visit of the famous bass singer Riemschneider at the Cöthen court in 1718-19 suggests that the piece was most likely written at that time and for a prominent appearance of two superior virtuosos.
Solocantates van Bach uitgevoerd door Koopman en zijn toonaangevende ensemble
Slechts af en toe componeerde Bach een cantate voor een enkele solist. Of hij een beslissing in deze richting zou maken hing af van de aard van de tekst, de beschikbaarheid van solisten en de eventuele opdrachten van specifieke zangers.

De solocantate Ich habe genung BWV 82 werd gecomponeerd voor Maria-Lichtmis in 1727. Uit de originele partijen en de handgeschreven partituur blijkt dat het werk in 1731, 1735 en na 1745 nogmaals is uitgevoerd. Bach hield de cantate blijkbaar in hoog aanzien.

De solocantate Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen BWV 56 werd voor het eerst uitgevoerd op 27 oktober 1726. De auteur van de tekst is onbekend, maar werd kennelijk geïnspireerd door de cantatetekst Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen van Erdmann Neumeister.

Het gekopieerde manuscript voor Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158 bevat aanduidingen voor twee liturgische gelegenheden: Maria-Lichtmis en de derde dag van Pasen. De oorsprong van het werk is daardoor onduidelijk. Het is in alle waarschijnlijkheid een uitbreiding van een solocantate die werd gecomponeerd voor Maria-Lichtmis.

Amore Traditore BWV 203 staat in de typische vorm van een Italiaanse wereldlijke solocantate (aria-recitatief-aria) en is gebaseerd op een anonieme tekst. Het bezoek van de beroemde bas Johann Gottfried Riemschneider aan het hof van Cöthen in 1718-1719 wijst erop dat het werk waarschijnlijk rond die tijd gecomponeerd werd.

Artist(s)

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. The Amsterdam Baroque Choir was founded in 1992 and it made its debut 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...
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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.
The Amsterdam Baroque Choir was founded in 1992 and it made its debut 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. For this extraordinary project Koopman and his ensemble received the Deutsche Schallplatten-Preis Echo Klassik. Next to the CD recordings three books have been edited and published by Ton Koopman and the musicologist Christoph Wolff and a series of six documentaries was produced and broadcasted by various TV stations.
Alongside Bach’s music the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has recorded all major baroque and classical works. Major recognitions include the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, 10-Repertoire, Stern des Monats-Fono Forum, the Prix Hector Berlioz and two Edison Awards. In 2008 the ensemble and Ton Koopman have been honoured with the prestigious BBC Award. Since March 2003 “Antoine Marchand”, a new sub-label of Challenge Classics, took over the release of Koopman’s new recordings and among many others has published 22 CD boxes of the Bach Cantatas, a new recording of the St. Matthew Passion (on CD and DVD) and St. Markus Passion of J.S. Bach (DVD), live recorded in Milan, as well as the first seven 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 2008/09 season they will tour extensively in Europe (Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf etc) and in Far East with concerts in Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.
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Klaus Mertens (bass)

Bass-baritone Klaus Mertens is celebrated by critics as an “excellent master of his craft” for his “unique power of expression, his congenial timbre, his keen intuition for text, as well as his convincing manner of making music”. He has recorded more than 200 CDs, including the entire works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude. These testify eloquently to his art of singing, which spans a great arch from Monteverdi to his contemporaries. Characterized as “the most significant Telemann interpreter of our time”, Mertens received the Telemann prize of the city of Magdeburg in 2016. In 2019, he was honored with the renowned Bach medal of the city of Leipzig as the “ideal interpreter of Bach’s cantatas and passion texts”.
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Bass-baritone Klaus Mertens is celebrated by critics as an “excellent master of his craft” for his “unique power of expression, his congenial timbre, his keen intuition for text, as well as his convincing manner of making music”. He has recorded more than 200 CDs, including the entire works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude. These testify eloquently to his art of singing, which spans a great arch from Monteverdi to his contemporaries. Characterized as “the most significant Telemann interpreter of our time”, Mertens received the Telemann prize of the city of Magdeburg in 2016. In 2019, he was honored with the renowned Bach medal of the city of Leipzig as the “ideal interpreter of Bach’s cantatas and passion texts”.

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Alfredo Bernardini (oboe)

Born in Rome, Alfredo Bernardini moved to Holland at the age of twenty to specialize in the baroque oboe and Early Music at the Royal Conservatory at the Hague, studying with Bruce Haynes and Ku Ebbinge, among others. Today Bernardini is recognized as one of the foremost baroque oboe specialists in the world. The leading Early Music groups with which he has performed include Hesperion XX, Le Concert Des Nations, La Petite Bande, Das Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.   In 1989, together with the brothers Paolo and Alberto Grazzi, he founded the ensemble ZEFIRO, which has gained international acclaim. Bernardini’s numerous recordings have received important prizes, including the Cannes Classical Awards in 1995...
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Born in Rome, Alfredo Bernardini moved to Holland at the age of twenty to specialize in the baroque oboe and Early Music at the Royal Conservatory at the Hague, studying with Bruce Haynes and Ku Ebbinge, among others. Today Bernardini is recognized as one of the foremost baroque oboe specialists in the world. The leading Early Music groups with which he has performed include Hesperion XX, Le Concert Des Nations, La Petite Bande, Das Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
In 1989, together with the brothers Paolo and Alberto Grazzi, he founded the ensemble ZEFIRO, which has gained international acclaim. Bernardini’s numerous recordings have received important prizes, including the Cannes Classical Awards in 1995 for Vivaldi’s Concertos for Oboe on the Astrèe Naìve label. He has performed regularly as guest leader of baroque ensembles in Europe, Canada, Australia, Cuba, and Israel, and with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. In January 2013 he led the first baroque orchestra in the internationally renowned project El Sistema de Musica in Venezuela. In addition to his performance career, Bernardini researches the history of wind instruments and makes copies of historical oboes, and as of 2014 he is professor of baroque oboe at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Since 2009 he has been a much beloved guest leader for Barokkanerne, and he can also be heard on two of our earlier releases, “Empfindsamkeit!” (LAWO, 2013) and “TotallyTelemann” (LAWO, 2015).

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Ton Koopman (conductor)

Ton Koopman is a leading figure in Early Music and historically informed performance practice. As organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman has performed all over the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. His Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman and ABO&C have recorded all sacred and secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, an extraordinary project that earned international acclaim. After that Koopman recorded the complete works by Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Besides performing as a soloist and with his ABO&C, Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor for modern orchestras and also devotes part of his time...
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Ton Koopman is a leading figure in Early Music and historically informed performance practice. As organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman has performed all over the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. His Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman and ABO&C have recorded all sacred and secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, an extraordinary project that earned international acclaim. After that Koopman recorded the complete works by Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Besides performing as a soloist and with his ABO&C, Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor for modern orchestras and also devotes part of his time to teaching. Ton Koopman is president of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society and, since 2019, president of the Leipzig Bach Archiv.

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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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01.
“Ich habe genung” BWV 82: Aria: “Ich habe genung”
08:05
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich habe genung” BWV 82: Recitative: “Ich habe genung! Mein Trost ist nur allein”
01:06
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich habe genung” BWV 82: Aria: “Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen”
08:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich habe genung” BWV 82: Recitative: “Mein Gott! Wenn kömmt das Schöne: Nun!”
00:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich habe genung” BWV 82: Aria: “Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod”
03:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” BWV 56: Aria: “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen”
06:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” BWV 56: Recitative: “Mein Wandel auf der Welt”
01:42
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” BWV 56: Aria: “Endlich wird mein Joch”
06:33
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” BWV 56: Recitative: “Ich stehe fertig und bereit”
01:34
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” BWV 56: Chorale: “Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder”
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(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Der Friede sei mit dir” BWV 158: Recitative: “Der Friede sei mit dir”
01:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Der Friede sei mit dir” BWV 158: Aria and Chorale (Sopranos): “Welt, ade, ich bin dein Müde”
05:42
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Der Friede sei mit dir” BWV 158: Recitative: “Nun Herr, regiere meinen Sinn”
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(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Der Friede sei mit dir” BWV 158: Chorale: “Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm”
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(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Amore traditore” BWV 203: Aria: “Amore traditore”
06:06
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jaap ter Linden, Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Amore traditore” BWV 203: Recitative: “Voglio provar”
00:42
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jaap ter Linden, Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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“Amore traditore” BWV 203: Aria: “Chi in amore ha nemica la sorte”
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(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jaap ter Linden, Ton Koopman, Klaus Mertens, Alfredo Bernardini, Margaret Faultless, Jonathan Manson, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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