Ton Koopman

Opera Omnia X - Organ Works 5

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917224924
Catnr: CC 72249
Release date: 27 March 2009
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0608917224924
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CC 72249
Release date
27 March 2009
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About the album

The Buxtehude Opera Omnia series is steadily progressing. It is with great pleasure that I present to you the final
part of Dieterich Buxtehude’s organ works. Now that the task of recording all the organ and harpsichord works has
been completed, the astounding quality of this music has become evident. Naturally, organists play Buxtehude’s works with relative frequency. However, only a dozen or so of his works are actually performed regularly. Undoubtedly,
the extreme discrepancies between the various editions are one of the main underlying reasons for this. Many questions arise: which Urtext is the real one? Are the sources of such poor quality, or are there flaws? Is it necessary to salvage the music? The indisputable fact is that the organ works of Lübeck’s greatest composer were by no mean preserved through the ages in the most ideal fashion. No less than a century and a half separate the earliest and the latest sources, there are no autographs, etc. The organist is thus compelled to undertake the performance of these works with a great deal of taste, know- ledge and courage. A creative composer requires a creative interpretation.
Bach and Mozart even survive being performed on a street organ, whereas Couperin and Buxtehude do not. There is great interpretative freedom in this ‘stylus phantasticus’; however, there are limits to what is possible. The incorrect reading of the foreword to Frescobaldi’s first book of Toccatas was once the reason behind the practice of beginning all the Preludes with an accelerando. In my view, the comparison drawn with madrigals in this same fore-word is of major significance, and can be taken to mean: each section of a Prelude and Toccata has its own tempo. A relationship between tempi no longer exists. The ‘tempo della mano’ has been replaced by ‘tempo dell’anima’. This is my most important conviction.
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Meesterlijke vertolking door Ton Koopman van de laatste orgelwerken van Buxtehude.
Deel X van de Opera Omnia is het 5e en laatste deel, waarin Ton Koopman de overige orgelwerken speelt van Dieterich (Dietrich, Diderich) Buxtehude. Voor een historisch verantwoorde aanpak van zijn orgelconcerten, koos Koopman de instrumenten met zorg uit. In deze opname speelt hij op het Bielfeldt orgel van de St. Wilhadi kerk in Stade, Duitsland. In deze opname bestaan de orgelwerken van Buxtehude uit vrije composities en composities die op koralen gebaseerd zijn. Verder bevat dit album de complete orgelwerken van Nicolaus Bruhns. Deze begaafde leerling van Buxtehude werd beroemd door de orgelstijl van Buxtehude op zijn eigen wijze verder te ontwikkelen. "Koopmans virtuositeit roept een volmaakte sfeer op voor deze pre-Bachse klankwereld.", René Verwer, Luister, december 2009.

Buxtehude was een Deens-Duitse organist en door velen bewonderde componist uit de barokperiode. Hij componeerde vocale en instrumentale 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.
Mit der vorliegenden Auswahl wird das auf fünf Alben aufgeteilte Orgelwerk Buxtehudes im Rahmen der Gesamtaufnahme seiner Opera Omnia abgeschlossen. Sie enthält die noch nicht eingespielten Kompositionen der beiden Hauptgruppen der freien und choralgebundenen Werke. Ein Schüler Buxtehudes wurde seinerzeit sehr berühmt und entwickelte Buxtehudes Orgelstil in eigenständiger Weise weiter: Nicolaus Bruhns, dessen komplette Orgelmusik ebenfalls auf dieser CD enthalten ist.

Artist(s)

Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

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)

Dieterich Buxtehude

Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In...
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Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In the works he wrote for these occasions, his enormous fantasy and creative freedom truly shows. As an organ player, Buxtehude was widely famous. If you would listen to his Organ Preludes, you would quickly know why. Buxtehude manages to combine an unprecedented virtuosity with a large variety of styles and techniques. No wonder Bach traveled all that way to see him!


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Disc #1
01.
Praeludium in e Bux WWV 142
06:55
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
02.
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist Bux WV 209
02:22
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
03.
Te Deum laudamus Bux WV 218
11:46
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
04.
Praeludium in C Bux WV 136
05:22
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
05.
Wär Gott nicht mit diese Zeit Bux WV 222
02:14
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
06.
Toccata in d Bux WV 155
06:42
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
07.
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen Bux WV 221
02:15
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
08.
Praeludium in A Bux WV 151
04:29
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
09.
Praeludium in a Bux WV 152
03:34
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
10.
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn Bux WV 191
02:52
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
11.
Praeludium in a Bux WV 158
04:18
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
12.
MAGNIFICAT PRIMI TONI BUXWV 204
03:04
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
13.
MAGNIFICAT NONI TONI BUXWV 205
02:41
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
14.
Praeludium in g Bux WV 150
06:55
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman

Disc #2
01.
Praeludium in a BuxWV 153
05:05
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
02.
Ich dank dir, lieber Herre BuxWV 194
04:44
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
03.
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn BuxWV 192
02:24
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
04.
Praeludium in e BuxWV 143
04:40
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
05.
Mensch, willt du leben seliglich BuxWV 206
01:40
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
06.
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist BuxWV 208
02:00
(Dieterich Buxtehude) Ton Koopman
07.
Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns: Praeludium in e
07:33
(Nicolaus Bruhns) Ton Koopman
08.
Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns: Praeludium in e
04:40
(Nicolaus Bruhns) Ton Koopman
09.
Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
09:01
(Nicolaus Bruhns) Ton Koopman
10.
Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns: Praeludium in G
06:47
(Nicolaus Bruhns) Ton Koopman
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