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Artist Profile - Ton Koopman

Catherine Bott talks to Dutch organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman. He formed his first baroque orchestra aged 25 and in 1979 founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Catherine Bott talks to the Dutch organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman about his career. As a young student Ton was fascinated by authentic instruments and his performance style has remained steeped in scholarship. He formed his first baroque orchestra aged 25, and in 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and then the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. Catherine Bott talks to Ton about how he balances his career as a soloist and conductor, and his championing of Buxtehude's music. Repertoire in the programme includes Biber's 32-part Dixit Dominus, a movement from a Bach cantata and from Buxtehude's cantata Membra Jesu Nostri.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue in G minor, BWV.578

    Performer: Ton Koopman (organ)

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509-94458-2.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Dixit Dominus

    Performers: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman (conductor)

    • ERATO.
    • 4509-91725-2.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    La Cotin (from 1st suite of 'Livre de Clavecin de Madame Forqueray')

    Performer: Ton Koopman (harpsichord - made by Willem Kroesbergen 1978)

    • ERATO.
    • 2292 457512.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Höchster, schau in Gnade an (final chorus from Cantata BWV.63)

    Performers: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman (conductor)

    • ERATO 0630-14336-2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    4th movement (Allegro ma non troppo) from Organ concerto Op 4 no 2 in B flat major

    Performers: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman (conductor)

    • ERATO.
    • ECD 88136.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Ad faciem (from Cantata 'Membra Jesu Nostri')

    Performers: Barbara Schlick (soprano), Monika Frimmer (soprano), Michael Chance (alto), Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Peter Kooy (bass), Hanover Boys Chorus, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman (conductor)

    • ERATO.
    • 2292-45295-2.

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