Ton Koopman’s second Bach survey highlights complementary facets of the master’s sacred and secular music. The concert opens with a festive cantata and concludes with the earliest settings of the Kyrie and Gloria. Both would later achieve immortality in one of Bach’s grandest accomplishments, the Mass in B Minor, a showcase for the SFS chorus during their 40th anniversary celebration.
San Francisco Symphony
Concert: Approx. 1h 45m, includes intermission.
Bach’s Missa brevis
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Joshua Kosman of the SF Chronicle reviews Ton Koopman's first week of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony:
It's always a tricky business for a modern symphony orchestra, built around repertoire of the 19th century, to play Bach convincingly. Ton Koopman's solution is simple - he brings out the music's big, robust side… once on the podium, Koopman adopts a fierce, athletic take on the music that makes it sound unusually vibrant and arresting. Thursday's program, which included works by J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach - whose 300th anniversary is being marked this year - was something of a model for bringing the 18th century to life.
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Ton Koopman discusses J.S. Bach in Leipzig, Germany, and the Cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God's time is the very best time), BWV 106:
Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir and Klaus Mertens perform Bach's Cantata BWV 56: