Klaus Mertens


Born: March 25, 1949; Kleve, Germany  
Bass-baritone Klaus Mertens is a leading singer of Baroque concert repertory, especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has recorded nearly 100 of the cantatas and all the large choral works of the Leipzig master to high acclaim.

He was given singing lessons while in elementary school. His university studies were intended to prepare him for a career as a music teacher, and he did, in fact, work as a schoolteacher for a time. But
Read more his developing vocal skill and talents soon made it feasible to attempt a serious singing career. He embarked on additional voice training, teaching, and interpretation studies with Else Bischof-Bornes, Jakob Stämpfli, and Peter Massmann.

Mertens has established one of the major concert singing careers on the planet and has made over 100 recordings. He has worked with leading interpreters in the early music/authentic performance school -- for example, Ton Koopman, with whom he is participating in a complete set of the Bach cantatas, as well as Rene Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. With conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, Peter Schreier, Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt, Ivan Fischer, and Hans Vonk he has appeared in major-orchestra concerts, including those with the Saint Louis, Chicago, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

Since much of the activity in the early music field is associated with summer music festivals, he frequently appears at such venues as the Lucerne Festival, the BBC Proms, the Mostly Mozart festival of New York, the Salzburg Festival, the Prague Spring, Bach-Tage Berlin, the Flanders Festival, the Oxford Handel Festival, and many others.

In common with many other early music specialists, Mertens also has an interest in major repertory of the twentieth century, performing Hindemith's A Requiem for Those We Love and Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex among other works. He has also received acclaim for his work in Mendelssohn's Elijah, the same composer's Paul, and other major Romantic concert works. He also is highly regarded as a Lieder singer. Mertens has frequently appeared on European television and radio broadcast concerts. Read less

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Born: March 25, 1949; Kleve, Germany  
Bass-baritone Klaus Mertens is a leading singer of Baroque concert repertory, especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has recorded nearly 100 of the cantatas and all the large choral works of the Leipzig master to high acclaim.

He was given singing lessons while in elementary school. His university studies were intended to prepare him for a career as a music teacher, and he did, in fact, work as a schoolteacher for a time. But
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Der Herr lebet (Chorus)
Aria: Nun jauchzet, ihr Himmel! (Bass)
Recitative: O Heiland, gib auch mir die Kraft zum Auferstehn! (Alto)
Aria: Hilf, dass ich auch (Soprano)
Der Herr lebet (Chorus)
Ehr und Dank sey Dir gesungen (Chorus)
Aria: Tobe nur, Satan (Bass)
Recitative: Ach Herr, Dein Engel lagert sich um die allein (Bass)
Aria: Dienstbare Geister des ewigen Wesens! (Bass)
Ach Herr lass dein lieb Engelein (Chorus)
Der Geist gibt Zeugnis (Chorus)
Aria: Wer bin ich, und was ist mein Herz (Alto)
Recitative: Ja, ja! Mein Gott (Alto)
Aria: Geist des Trostes und der Gnade (Alto)
Der Geist gibt Zeugnis (Chorus)
Canon, BuxWV 121
Gigue, BuxWV 121
Part I: Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels, lebet (Baritone)
Part I: Overture
Part I: Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! - Recitative: Die Tiefe ist versieget! (Chorus)
Part I: Duet: Herr, hore unser Gebet! (Soprano, Alto, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Tenor)
Part I: Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Tenor)
Part I: Aber der Herr sieht es nicht (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Elias, gehe weg von hinnen (Alto)
Part I: Double Quartet: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Chorus) - Recitative: Nun auch der Bach vertrocknet ist (Alto)
Part I: Recitative, Aria and Duet: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Soprano, Baritone)
Part I: Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: So wahr der Herr Zebaoth lebet (Baritone, Tenor, Chorus)
Part I: Baal, erhore uns! (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Rufet lauter (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Rufet lauter! Er hort euch nicht! (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Baritone)
Part I: Quartet: Wirf dein Anliegen auf den Herrn (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Part I: Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Baritone)
Part I: Arioso: Weh ihnen, dass sie von mir weichen! (Alto)
Part I: Recitative: Hilf deinem Volk, du Mann Gottes! (Tenor, Baritone, Alto, Chorus)
Part I: Dank sei dir, Gott (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: 'Tis Dioclesian's natal day (Valens)
Act I Scene 1: Air: Go, my faithful soldier, go (Valens)
Act I Scene 1: Chorus: And draw a blessing down (Chorus of Heathens)
Act I Scene 1: Recitativo: Vouchsafe, dread Sir (Didymus, Valens)
Act I Scene 1: Air: Racks, gibbets, sword and fire (Valens)
Act I Scene 1: Chorus: For ever thus stands fix'd the doom (Chorus of Heathens)
Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: Most cruel edict! (Didymus)
Act I Scene 2: Air: The raptur'd soul (Didymus)
Act I Scene 2: Recitativo: I know thy virtues, and ask not thy faith (Septimius)
Act I Scene 2: Air: Descend, kind Pity (Septimius)
Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Though hard, my friends (Theodora)
Act I Scene 3: Air: Fond flatt'ring world, adieu! (Theodora)
Act I Scene 3: Recitativo: Oh bright example of all goodness (Irene)
Act I Scene 3: Aria: Bane of virtue, nurse of passions (Irene)
Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Come, mighty Father, mighty Lord (Chorus of Christians)
Act I Scene 4: Recitativo: Fly, fly my brethren (Messenger, Irene)
Act I Scene 4: Air: As With Rosy Steps (Irene)
Act I Scene 4: Chorus: All pow'r in Heaven above, or earth beneath (Chorus of Christians)
Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Mistaken wretches, why thus blind to fate (Septimius)
Act I Scene 5: Air: Dread the fruits of Christian folly (Septimius)
Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Deluded mortal! (Theodora, Septimius)
Act I Scene 5: Recitativo: Oh worse than death indeed! (Theodora)
Act I Scene 5: Air: Angels, ever bright and fair (Theodora)
Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Unhappy, happy crew! (Didymus, Irene)
Act I Scene 6: Accompagnato and Air: Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care (Didymus)
Act I Scene 6: Recitativo: Oh Love, how great thy pow'r! (Irene)
Act I Scene 6: Chorus: Go, gen'rous pious youth! (Chorus of Christians)
Kyrie: Kyrie I
Kyrie: Christe eleison
Kyrie: Kyrie II
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis
Gloria: Domine Deus
Gloria: Qui tollis
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et in carnatus est - Crucifixus
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus: Sanctus
Sanctus: Benedictus
Sanctus: Hosanna
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Part 1: Overture
Part 1: Recitative: 'Twas at the royal feast (Tenor)
Part I: Air: Happy, happy, happy pair (Tenor, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Timotheus, plac'd on high (Tenor)
Part 1: Accompagnato: The song began from Jove (Soprano)
Part 1: The list'ning Crowd (Chorus)
Part 1: Air: With ravish'd ears (Soprano)
Part 1: Recitative: The praise of Bacchus (Tenor)
Part 1: Air and Chorus: Bacchus, ever fair and young (Bass and Chorus)
Part 1: Recitative: Sooth'd with the sound (Tenor)
Part 1: Accompagnato: He chose a mournful muse (Soprano)
Part 1: Air: He sung Darius great and good (Soprano)
Part 1: Accompagnato: With downcast looks (Soprano)
Part 1: Behold Darius great and good (Chorus)
Part 1: Recitative: The mighty master smil'd to see (Tenor)
Part 1: Air: Softly sweet (Soprano)
Part 1: Air: War, he sung, is toil and trouble (Soprano)
Part 1: The many rend the skies (Chorus)
Part 1: Air: The Prince, unable to conceal his pain (Soprano)
Part 1: The many rend the skies (Chorus)
Part 2: Accompagnato and Chorus: Now strike the golden lyre (Tenor and Chorus)
Part 2: Air: Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries (Bass)
Part 2: Accompagnato: Give the vengeance due (Tenor)
Part 2: Air: The princes applaud with a furious joy (Tenor)
Part 2: Air and Chorus: Thais led the way (Soprano and Chorus)
Part 2: Accompagnato and Chorus: Thus, long ago (Tenor)
Part 2: Recitative: Let old Timotheus yield the prize (Tenor and Bass)
Part 2: Let old Timotheus yield the prize (Chorus)
Act I: Overture
Act I: Gavotte
Act I: Accompagnato: Behold! Auspicious flashes rise (Chief Priest)
Act I: Lucky omens bless our rites (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Act I: Recitative and Arioso: Daughter, obey, Hear and obey! (Cadmus, Athamas)
Act I: Accompagnato and Aria: Ah me! What refuge now is left me? (Semele)
Act I: Aria: The morning lark to mine accords his note (Semele)
Act I: Aria: See, she blushing turns her eyes (Ino)
Act I: Recitative: Alas! She yields, and has undone me! (Ino, Athamas, Semele)
Act I: Quartet: Why dost thou thus untimely grieve (Cadmus, Ino, Athamas, Semele)
Act I: Avert these omens, all ye pow'rs! (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Act I: Accompagnato: Again auspicious flashes rise (Cadmus)
Act I: Recitative: Thy aid, pronubial Juno, Athamas implores! (Athamas, Semele)
Act I: Cease, cease your vows, 'tis impious to proceed (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Act I: Recitative: O Athamas, what torture hast thou borne! (Athamas)
Act I: Aria: Turn, hopeless lover, turn thy eye (Ino)
Act I: Recitative: She weeps! (Athamas)
Act I: Aria: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell (Athamas)
Act I: Recitative: Too well I see, Thou wilt not understand me (Ino, Athamas)
Act I: Duet: You've undone me (Ino, Athamas)
Act I: Recitative and Accompagnato: Ah, wretched prince, doom'd to disastrous love! (Cadmus, Athamas, Ino)
Act I: Hail, Cadmus, hail! Jove salutes the Theban King (Chorus of Priests and Augurs)
Act I: Aria: Endless pleasure, endless love (Semele)
Act I: Endless pleasure, endless love (Chorus of Love and Zephyrs)
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an
Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten
Alles, was Odem hat
Komm, Jesu, komm
Drum schliess ich mich in deine Hande
Jesu, meine Freude
Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen
Unter deinen Schirmen
Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
Trotz dem alten Drachen
Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich
Weg mit allen Schatzen
So aber Christus in euch ist
Gute Nacht, o Wesen
So nun der Geist
Weicht, ihr Trauergeister
Magnificat anima mea (Chorus)
Et exultavit (Soprano 2)
Quia respexit (Soprano 1)
Omnes generationes (Chorus)
Quia fecit mihi magna (Bass)
Et misericordia (Alto, Tenor)
Fecit potentiam (Chorus)
Deposuit potentes (Tenor)
Esurientes (Alto)
Suscepit Israel (Chorus)
Sicut locutus est (Chorus)
Gloria Patri (Chorus)
Requiem aeternam (Soli, Chorus)
Graduale (Soprano, Chorus)
Dies irae (Chorus)
Tuba mirum (Soli, Chorus)
Quid sum miser (Soli, Chorus)
Recordare, Jesu pie (Soli)
Confutatis maledictis (Chorus)
Lacrimosa (Soli, Chorus)
No. 1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen
No. 2. Ich wandte mich
No. 3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du
Choral: Ein Lammlein geht und tragt die Schuld
Recitative: Und es begab sich (Evangelist, Jesus)
Aria: Erfullt mit gottlich ernsten Freuden (Bass)
Recitative: Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester (Evangelist)
Chorus: Ja nicht auf das Fest
Recitative: Da nun Jesus war zu Bethanien (Evangelist)
Chorus: Wozu dienet dieser Unrat
Recitative: Da das Jesus merkte ... (Evangelist, Jesus, Judas)
Aria: Abscheulichste der Missetaten (Tenor)
Recitative: Aber am ersten Tage der sussen Brot (Evangelist)
Chorus: Wo willst du, dass wir dir bereiten
Recitative: Er sprach: Gehet hin in die Stadt (Evangelist, Jesus)
Chorus: Herr, bin ich's?
Choral: Ich bin's, ich sollte bussen
Recitative: Er antwortet' und sprach (Evangelist, Jesus, Judas)
Accompagnato: Mensch sieh, wie sehr dein Gott dich liebt (Soprano)
Recitative: Und da sie den Lobgesang ... (Evangelist, Jesus, Petrus)
Choral: Lass mich dein sein und bleiben
Recitative: Und er kam zu seinen Jungern (Evangelist, Jesus)
Aria: Gott, wie Wasser ausgeschuttet (Soprano)
Recitative: Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend (Evangelist, Jesus)
Choral: Ich folge dir durch Tod und Leid
Recitative: Und als er noch redet' (Evangelist, Judas, Jesus)
Accompagnato: Bei dem unmenschlichsten (Tenor)
Recitative: Da traten sie hinzu (Evangelist, Jesus)
Choral: Sei getreu in deinem Glauben
Recitative: Die aber Jesus gegriffen hatten (Evangelist)
Arioso: Er hat gesagt
Recitative: Und der Hohepriester stund auf (Evangelist, Hoherpriester, Jesus)
Choral: Du bist Gott und heissest gut
Recitative: Doch sage ich euch (Jesus)
Aria: Seid getreu, ihr wen'gen Frommen (Bass)
Recitative: Da zerriss der Hohepriester ... (Evangelist, Hoherpriester)
Chorus: Er ist des Todes schuldig
Recitative: Da speieten sie aus in sein Angesicht (Evangelist)
Chorus: Weissage uns, Christe
Choral: Du, ach du hast ausgestanden
Recitative: Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast (Evangelist, 2 Magde, Petrus)
Chorus: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer
Recitative: Da hub er an, sich zu verfluchen (Evangelist, Petrus)
Aria: Ich weine mit in seine Zahren (Soprano, Bass)
Choral: Ach Herr, mein Gott
Choral: Mein Lebetage will ich dich
No. 1. Indoctum se dulce bibenti, TWV 25:86
No. 2. Die Vergnugung, TWV 25:87
No. 3. Die Tugend, TWV 25:88
No. 4. Der Schafer, TWV 25:89
No. 5. An den Schlaf, TWV 25:90
No. 6. Der frohliche Ausgeber, TWV 25:91
No. 7. Wahre Vorzuge, TWV 25:92
No. 8. Das Lachen, TWV 25:93
No. 9. Trinklied, TWV 25:94
No. 10. Der Mittelstand zwischen Reichtum und Armut, TWV 25:95
No. 11. Vernunftige Lust, TWV 25:96
No. 12. Der Wein, TWV 25:97
No. 13. Jugendlust, TWV 25:98
No. 14. Die schlechte Mahlzeit, TWV 25:99
No. 15. An Doris, TWV 25:100
No. 16. Ein guter Mut, TWV 25:101
No. 17. Lob des Weins, TWV 25:102
No. 18. Das vergnugte Schaferleben, TWV 25:103
No. 19. Die Zufriedenheit, TWV 25:104
No. 20. Die Gnugsamkeit, TWV 25:105
No. 21. Das Gesundheittrinken, TWV 25:106
No. 22. Der Freund, TWV 25:107
No. 23. Das Landleben, TWV 25:108
No. 24. Der Sonderling, TWV 25:109
Agnus Dei

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