Orgel in der Philharmonie (photo: Hermann Willers)

Organ

Organ matinee with Ton Koopman

Ton Koopman is a musical all-rounder: organist, harpsichordist, conductor and musicologist. As a performer and a researcher, he has repeatedly placed himself at the service of two great masters of the Baroque in his long career: Johann Sebastian Bach and Dieterich Buxtehude. This matinee is also dedicated to the two composers. In addition to organ works by Bach and Buxtehude, he also performs a sonata by Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Ton Koopman organ

Festive Baroque

Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chorale Prelude Ich ruf’ zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

Dieterich Buxtehude

Prelude in D major, BuxWV 139

Dieterich Buxtehude

Choral Prelude Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184

Dieterich Buxtehude

Fugue in C major, BuxWV 174

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Organ Sonata in D major, Wq 70 No. 5

Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasia in G major, BWV 572

Johann Sebastian Bach

Choral Prelude Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chorale Prelude Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Johann Sebastian Bach

Fugue in G minor, BWV 578

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chorale Prelude In dulci jubilo, BWV 729

Johann Sebastian Bach

Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582

Dates and Tickets

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Sun, 04 Feb 2018, 11:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 10:00

Programme

There are organists, harpsichordists, conductors, professors and musicologists – and then there is Ton Koopman. It would be an arduous task to name all the artistic projects which he has been involved in in recent decades. But one composer has been the focus of his activities: Johann Sebastian Bach. As a conductor, Koopman has recorded all of Bach’s cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, an ensemble he founded. As if that were not enough, he also recorded all the composer’s organ and all major harpsichord works. Another composer who is very close to the Dutchman Ton Koopman’s heart is Dieterich Buxtehude.

More than 50 years older than Bach, Buxtehude left an extensive oeuvre with numerous major organ works, splendid Baroque music of great beauty. Following his performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the autumn, he now appears at the great organ of the Philharmonie. Will he devote the programme to the two great “Bs”, Bach and Buxtehude? Absolutely! During the matinee, there is also a sonata by Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, which reveals how music developed following the death of his father. And Ton Koopman is also well-versed with this great “B”, after all, he has also recorded many works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – as an organist, harpsichordist and conductor.

Orgel in der Philharmonie (photo: Hermann Willers)

Ton Koopman (photo: Artists Management)