The present album collects a representative cross section of Bach's Latin church music that complements his extensive and rich repertoire of cantatas for the Sundays and feast days of the ecclesiastical year, works which Ton Koopman has already recorded with great success for Challenge Classics. It covers a broad chronological range from Bach's time as cantor and music director in Leipzig, and includes the Magnificat from 1723, the Sanctus from 1724, the four Kyrie-Gloria Masses from the later 1730s, and the Christmas Gloria from the mid 1740s.
Renowned Bach specialist Ton Koopman was awarded the 2006 Bach Medal by the city of Leipzig at the annual Leipzig Bach Festival. The award honors his massive contribution to Bach performance and scholarship. Koopman performed at the festival, which is run in conjunction with the Bach-Leipzig Archive, with his group the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir. He studied organ with Simon C. Jansen, and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt, and has been the recipient of the "Prix d'Excellence" for both instruments.
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman (director)
CC 72188; CHALLENGE CLASSICS - Olanda; Classica vocale Sacra Messe