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Bach: Musikalisches Opfer Bwv 1079 / Ton Koopman, Et Al


Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72309   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Musical Offering Ton Koopman (hpd, cond); Amsterdam Baroque O (period instruments) CHALLENGE 72309 (57:03)


In his notes Christoph Wolff points out that “ Musical Offering is the only instrumental work of Bach of which we have a more detailed knowledge of its origins,” which is pretty remarkable when you think about it. But we still don’t know how—or whether—Bach intended it to be performed. Of course, Bach played a version of the three-part ricercar Read more for the king, and I’m sure he hoped that the royal flutist would play the trio sonata for his court. But I rather doubt that he expected the complete Musical Offering to be performed at public concerts. Except in the trio sonata, there is no indication of instrumentation, nor is there any indication of a performing sequence. The canons are music for connoisseurs, more suitable, perhaps, for private scrutiny than for mass entertainment. Nor do we know how Frederick reacted to this gift. Frederick was a composer himself, but his compositions show a preference for the simpler gallant manner that was ascendant. He had little patience for the old “ecclesiastical” style. In challenging “Old Bach” to write a six-part fugue on the royal subject, he was probably more interested in seeing whether it could be done than in hearing the result.


Now we take it for granted that the complete score should be performed as an entity, so it is left to the performers to determine the order and instrumentation of the numbers. Koopman has chosen to start with the three-part ricercar as a harpsichord solo, to follow it by the 10 canons, then the trio sonata, and to conclude with the six-part ricercar. His special twist is to play the six-part ricercar twice: first with the whole ensemble, and afterward as a duet for two harpsichords. Tini Mathot is the second harpsichordist. The canons are played mostly by the strings, joined by the flute in the middle group. The trio sonata, as noted, is scored for flute, violin, and continuo. Our old friend Wilbert Hazelzet does the honors on the traverso (flute); Catherine Manson is the violinist. All the enthusiasm and precision that we have come to expect from Koopman and his band are on display in these splendid performances—even in the canons, not always Bach’s most captivating inventions. This is one Offering that you ought not refuse.


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Works on This Recording

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Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Ricercar a 3 - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 2 cancrizans
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 2 Violini in unisono
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 2 per Motum contrarium
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario Motu
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 2 per Tonos
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Fuga canonica in Epidiapente
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon perpetuus super Thema Regium
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon perpetuus
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 2
Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon a 4
Sonato Sopr' Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino a Continuo - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: I. Largo
Sonato Sopr' Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino a Continuo - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: II. Allegro
Sonato Sopr' Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino a Continuo - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: III. Andante
Sonato Sopr' Il Soggetto Reale a Traversa, Violino a Continuo - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079: IV. Allegro
Ricercar a 6 - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079
Ricercar a 6 - Musikales Opfer, BWV 1079

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