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Ton Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Introduction
Introduction
Programme
Programme
Ticketing
Ticketing
Pre-concert Talk
Pre-concert Talk

Bach Expert Conducts Choral Music by Bach — and Brahms (Ernest Wan)

When the world-renowned early music specialist Ton Koopman came to Hong Kong in 1996 and 2009, he came with his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. When he came here again in 2010, he came all by himself, and guest-conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic. This time round, he is finally bringing with him his Amsterdam Baroque Choir to this city.

It is natural to think of Koopman alongside his own Orchestra. Ever since he founded it in 1979, they have appeared together in countless performances and numerous recordings of a variety of works, from Baroque concertos to Classical symphonies.

It is easy, too, to think of Koopman without thinking of either his Orchestra or his Choir. He travels regularly to perform with the world’s great orchestras as a guest conductor. Besides, he often gives recitals, playing the organ or the harpsichord.

But what of Koopman with his Choir, and no orchestra at all? Soon after he founded the Choir in 1992, it joined forces with his Orchestra — collectively known as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir — to record all of Bach’s cantatas, a project that was completed in 2006 (67 CDs). Hot on its heels, Koopman led the combined forces in another celebrated mammoth recording project, which concluded as recently as 2014, with the complete works of Buxtehude, who was a major influence on Bach (29 CDs). To the record-buying public in the past quarter-century, such joint endeavours may almost seem to be the Choir-and-Orchestra’s primary raison d’être, and the Choir may seem inseparable from the Orchestra for almost the entire duration of its existence.

Naturally, the consistently high quality of their Bach cantata recordings makes one want to hear them perform such works live. While Koopman leading his Choir but no orchestra means we won’t hear any Bach cantata in Hong Kong, I was excited to learn that they will perform three of the composer’s motets, which may be done with or without instrumental doublings, and are perhaps of more consistently high quality than his cantatas!

Bach’s motets were all written for special occasions, and are brilliant settings of texts based on biblical passages and chorales. They each comprise sections of music that markedly differ from one another in texture. Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, my joy), BWV 227, which Hong Kongers will hear, is the grandest of them all, and consists of as many as eleven sections laid out in a symmetrical fashion. In these works, Bach often treats human voices as though they were orchestral instruments. This vocal style and the frequent changes in texture result in some of the most challenging choral music he ever wrote — a perfect vehicle for the sophisticated virtuosity of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir.

Brahms wrote some motets, too, which show clear influences of Bach and other predecessors. For the remainder of the upcoming concert, however, Koopman has chosen to present Brahms’s secular songs. In addition to his many Lieder for solo voice and piano, he composed dozens of delightful songs for vocal quartet and piano. These may also be performed by four-part chorus and piano, as the Amsterdam Baroque Choir will do in Hong Kong with the help of Shanghainese pianist Jane Xie. The eleven Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs), Op. 103, that they will sing are a great example of Hausmusik (“house music”) with which family and friends entertain themselves, just as are the familiar Hungarian Dances for piano four hands by the same composer. Speaking of which — these love songs are largely based on the metre and rhythms of the Hungarian folk dance csárdás, and will wrap up the concert on a passionate and exotic note!

 

 

Airfare for artists is partially sponsored by PAFNL

This concert by Ton Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque Choir is supported by interlude.hk

Bach

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

 

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

 

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226

   

Brahms

Wechsellied zum Tanz, Op. 31, No. 1

 

Der Abend, Op. 64, No. 2

 

Nächtens, Op. 112, No. 2

 

Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103

*Brahms' works will be accompanied by Jane Xie. 

 

The performance will run for about 1 hour and 30 minutes including a 15 minute intermission. 

Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually.  Latecomers will only be admitted during the intermission or at a suitable break.

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.

 

 

DATE
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29.05.2018 (Tue)
20:00
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
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DATE
29.05.2018 (Tue)
20:00
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DATE
VENUE
PRICE
29.05.2018 (Tue)
18:45
South Committee Room, 7/F, High Block, Hong Kong City Hall
Admission Free
DATE
29.05.2018 (Tue)
18:45
PRICE
Admission Free

German Choral Music Sacred and Secular(Conducted in Cantonese)

 

Speaker: Ernest Wan

(Ernest Wan is a writer and translator who specialises in music criticism.)

 

Admission free on a first-come-first-served basis.

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