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Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079
Johann Sebastian Bach

Ton Koopman / Members of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917230925
Catnr: CC 72309
Release date: 02 January 2009
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CC 72309
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02 January 2009
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About the album

Ton Koopman and his orchestra give an intimate and delicate performance of this music
Een intieme en subtiele uitvoering van ‘Musikalisches Opfer’ door Ton Koopman en zijn orkest
Dit album bevat een opname van ‘Musikalisches Opfer’ van Johann Sebastian Bach, uitgevoerd door Ton Koopman en leden van het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

‘Musikalisches Opfer’ is het enige instrumentale werk van Bach waarvan de precieze oorsprong bekend is. Het werk dankt zijn oorsprong aan Bach’s bezoek aan het koninklijke hof van Friedrich II in Potsdam in mei 1747. Tijdens dit bezoek speelde de koning een thema op klavier. Bach zag dit thema als de belichaming van voortreffelijkheid. Daarom wenste Bach om een fuga op dit thema te zetten, eerst op papier, en vervolgens gegraveerd in koper. In zijn voorwoord bij het werk verwijst Bach naar het bezoek aan Potsdam, en naar het vervullen van de wens om een fuga voor zes partijen te schrijven.
Das Musikalische Opfer ist das einzige Instrumentalwerk Bachs, bei dem die Umstände seiner Entstehung näher bekannt sind. Seinen Ursprung verdankt es Bachs zweitägigem Besuch am königlichen Hofe Friedrichs II. in Potsdam im Mai 1747. Das Werk erhielt von Bach den Titel ?Musicalisches Opfer? und in seinem gedruckten Vorwort erinnert der Komponist ausdrücklich an die Potsdamer Begebenheit, insbesondere die Erfüllung des königlichen Wunsches nach einer ?Fuge mit sechs obligaten Stimmen?.

Artist(s)

Ton Koopman

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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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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Tini Mathot

Tini Mathot was born in Amsterdam. She studied piano and harpsichord at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory. She enjoys a close collaboration with her husband and former teacher Ton Koopman. Together they perform many popular and lesser known works, giving recitals and performing in chamber music projects in the major concert halls of Europe, the United States and Japan. Tini Mathot regularly appears as a soloist together with Ton Koopman in concertos for two (or more) harpsichords and orchestra. She has recorded double concertos of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, J.F. Reichardt and C. Schaffrath with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Tini Mathot is a member of the Corelli Ensemble, whose members include Reine-Marie Verhagen. The ensemble was awarded the Diapason d’Or in France for...
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Tini Mathot was born in Amsterdam. She studied piano and harpsichord at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory.
She enjoys a close collaboration with her husband and former teacher Ton Koopman. Together they perform many popular and lesser known works, giving recitals and performing in chamber music projects in the major concert halls of Europe, the United States and Japan. Tini Mathot regularly appears as a soloist together with Ton Koopman in concertos for two (or more) harpsichords and orchestra. She has recorded double concertos of J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, J.F. Reichardt and C. Schaffrath with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
Tini Mathot is a member of the Corelli Ensemble, whose members include Reine-Marie Verhagen. The ensemble was awarded the Diapason d’Or in France for its recording of Haydn trios (with Andrew Manze and Jaap ter Linden), issued by Erato. The CD recording of Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’, sung by the baritone Klaus Mertens with Tini Mathot playing an original Rosenberger fortepiano, was released in 2005, followed by a recording of J.S. Bach’s organ trio sonatas with Reine-Marie Verhagen (recorder) and Tini Mathot (organ and harpsichord) in 2008, both CDs issued by Challenge Classics.
In her capacity as producer for Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir and also for other ensembles, Tini Mathot has produced numerous CDs for Erato, Teldec and Antoine Marchand/Challenge Classics, among other labels. She is the producer of the complete series of Bach cantatas by Ton Koopman and the ABO&C as well as the Opera Omnia of Dieterich Buxtehude, which Ton Koopman is currently working on. In addition to these activities Tini Mathot teaches harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
 Tini Mathot plays on a fortepiano by Mathias Müller, Vienna c. 1810 (with a range of 6 octaves FF-f4, an Empire-style case with bronze fittings and Caryatid legs), from the collection of Edwin Beunk, Enschede (NL). The instrument is typical of the Viennese building style around 1810. Mathias Müller had a reputation as an innovator with regard to instruments and was ‘Kaiserlich-Königlich priviligiert’.

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Catherine Manson

Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006 As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally. Together with Ton Koopman she has recorded all the Buxtehude chamber music. She has appeared frequently as a chamber musician together with such artists as Trevor Pinnock, Anner Bylsma, Malcolm Bilson, Steven Isserlis and Michael Chance, and has also recorded for Hyperion, Dorian, Glossa, ASV...
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Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006 As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.
Together with Ton Koopman she has recorded all the Buxtehude chamber music. She has appeared frequently as a chamber musician together with such artists as Trevor Pinnock, Anner Bylsma, Malcolm Bilson, Steven Isserlis and Michael Chance, and has also recorded for Hyperion, Dorian, Glossa, ASV and Teldec, in addition to many radio recordings and broadcasts worldwide.
She is regularly invited to appear as a guest leader by ensembles including Smithsonian Chamber Players and Santa Fe Pro Musica in the USA, Collegium Vocale, Il Gardellino and Ensemble Explorations in Belgium and the new London-based ensemble Arcangelo.
Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, a chamber music course for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King’s College and the Royal Academy of Music, she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA and the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada. On the London Haydn Quartet's recent tour to the USA she gave masterclasses at the Juilliard School and at Yale University. She is on the faculty of the Granada International Festival’s 'Musical Interpretation' course for students interested in further study of period instrument playing.

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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.
Ricercar a 3 (harpsichord solo)
05:44
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman
02.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 2 cancrizans
02:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
03.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 2 Violini in unison
00:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
04.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 2 per Motum contrarium
01:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
05.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario Motu
01:54
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
06.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 2 per Tonos
03:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
07.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Fuga canonica in Epidiapente
02:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
08.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon perpetuus super Thema Regium
01:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
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Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon perpetuus
02:01
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
10.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 2
01:14
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
11.
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae: Canon a 4
02:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
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Sonata Sopr? Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo: Largo
05:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
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Sonata Sopr? Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo: Allegro
05:40
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
14.
Sonata Sopr? Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo: Andante
03:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
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Sonata Sopr? Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo: Allegro
03:08
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman, Wilbert Hazelzet, Catherine Manson, David Rabinovich, Jane Rogers, Jonathan Manson, Christine Sticher
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Sonata Sopr? Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo: Ricercar a 6 (ensemble)
07:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Ton Koopman
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Sonata Sopr? Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino e Continuo: Ricercar a 6 (2 harpsichords)
05:53
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Tini Mathot, Ton Koopman
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