Ton Koopman

Opera Omnia - Buxtehude Collector's Box (30cd's & 1DVD)

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917282726
Catnr: CC 72827
Release date: 10 December 2019
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Ton Koopman is not only one of the great fathers of the Baroque-Renaissance revival in the 1970’s, but a true pioneer of our time.
After completing the Bach Cantatas survey, was he awarded the Bach Prize 2014 by the Royal Academy of Music. The prize is awarded to outstanding individuals in the performance and scholarship of Bach’s music and none could be more worthy than Koopman, who has been noted as doing ”remarkable work promoting Bach’s music in the last thirty or so years.”
Koopman’s endless curiosity in music and performance research has this time turned his attention to a world premiere recording of Buxtehude’s complete works.

Dieterich Buxtehude is considered by many to be the most important figure in German Baroque music, after Johann Sebastian Bach. The importance of such a composer is reiterated by the well-known anecdote, which tells the story of 20-year-old Bach walking four hundred kilometers to listen to Buxtehude playing in Lubeck in 1705.

In a world-first, Koopman has recorded Buxtehude’s Opera Omnia including Vocal Works (Cantatas, Concertos and Arias), Organ and Harpsichord Works (played by Ton Koopman on historical instruments), Chamber Music (Sonatas and Triosonatas).
This boxset collection is an incredible achievement in the Baroque discography, a milestone which will remain a reference for many years to come.
Een mijlpaal in de discografie van de barokmuziek: de reeks Opera Omnia met alle werken van Buxtehude
Voor het eerst in de muziekgeschiedenis zijn alle werken van Dieterich (Dietrich, Diderich) Buxtehude opgenomen. De reeks Opera Omnia is een meesterwerk van Ton Koopman, solisten en het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. De complete verzameling bevat vocale werken met cantates, concerten en aria's, orgelwerken die Koopman speelt op historische instrumenten en kamermuziek met sonates en triosonates. Alle muziek is uitgevoerd, zoals ze in de tijd van Buxtehude werd gespeeld. De losse delen zijn ook afzonderlijk te beluisteren, maar deze complete verzameling heeft als extra een opname met ???????? en is dus een must voor elke verzamelaar en liefhebber van klassieke en barokmuziek."Dit Buxtehude-project is een juweel geworden, een briljant met meerdere facetten, zowel bezien vanuit het musicologisch als vanuit vertolkingsperspectief." Aart van der Wal, Opus klassiek, april 2015.

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. Zelf zegt hij over dit 'monsterproject' tegen Paul Janssen van Klassieke Zaken; "Er zitten echt prachtige stukken tussen. Ondertussen zijn we heel veel te weten gekomen over Buxtehude, en hebben we veel bronnen kunnen raadplegen die nog nooit eerder bekeken zijn. Voor mij is Buxtehude alleen maar groter geworden." Koopman is een van de meest vooraanstaande uitvoerders van oude muziek en voorzittter van het Internationale Buxtehude Gesellschaft.
Ton Koopman ist nicht nur einer der Väter der Wiederentdeckung des Barock in den 1970ern, sondern auch ein wahrer Pionier unserer Zeit. Seine unendliche Neugier hat seine Aufmerksamkeit nun auf eine Gesamtaufnahme von Dieterich Buxtehudes Werken gelenkt. Nach Johann Sebastian Bach gilt Buxtehude als wichtigste Figur des Deutschen Barock, und Koopman hat in dieser Welterstaufnahme all seine Werke gesammelt, einschließlich seiner Vokal- und Kammermusik sowie Kompositionen für Orgel und Cembalo, die Koopman auf historischen Instrumenten spielt - eine unglaubliche Leistung und ein Meilenstein der Barock-Discographie, über die man noch lange reden wird.
Prima edizione mondiale degli Opera Omnia di Buxtehude. Contiene un DVD con il documentario «Live to be a Hundred», sulla vita du Ton Koopman.

Ton Koopman è non soltanto uno dei padri fondatori della riscoperta della musica barocca e rinascimentale negli anni Settanta, ma un vero pioniere del nostro tempo. Dopo aver completato l’indagine delle cantate di Bach, la Royal Academy of Music gli ha assegnato il Premio Bach 2014. Il riconoscimento è conferito alle personalità più eminenti nell’esecuzione e ricerca bachiana, e nessuno potrebbe essere più meritevole di Koopman, che è stato segnalato per «considerevole lavoro per promuover la musica di Bach nell’ultimo trentennio.» L’inesauribile curiosità di Koopman, per il repertorio e per la ricerca sulla prassi esecutiva, rivolge ora la sua attenzione alla prima registrazione mondiale delle opere complete di Buxtheude. Dieterich Buxtehude è da molti considerato la più importante figura della musica barocca tedesca, dopo Johann Sebastian Bach. L’importanza di tale compositore è ribadita dal celebre aneddoto, che racconta la storia di un Bach ventenne che nel 1705 percorre a piedi quattrocento chilometri per ascoltare Buxtehude a Lubecca. In questa prima mondiale, Koopman ha registrato gli Opera Omnia di Buxtehude, comprese le opere vocali (cantate, concerti e arie), le opere organistiche e clavicembalistiche (suonate da Ton Koopman su strumenti storici), la musica da camera (sonate e sonate a tre).

Questa cofanetto rappresenta un incredibile conseguimento nella discografia barocca, una pietra miliare che resterà un riferimento per molti anni a venire.

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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

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.

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