Klaus Mertens

Biography

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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  • 1.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Christoph Graupner: Frohlocke Gantzes Rund Der Erden - Bass Cantatas
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777644 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Graupner
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens
    Conductor:  Shalev Ad-El
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Daniel
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    Buxtehude: Complete Works Vol 18, Vocal Works Vol 8 / Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72257 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Bettina Pahn
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Mizler: 20 Lieder & Oden / Amrein, Lutz, Rubens, Mertens
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777803 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lorenz Mizler
    Performer:  Maya Amrein,  Sibylla Rubens,  Klaus Mertens
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  • 5.
    W. A. Mozart: Requiem
    Label: United Recordings   Catalog: 2013006 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julia Kleiter,  Klaus Mertens,  Daniel Sans
    Conductor:  Ralf Otto
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  • 6.
    Dvorak: Biblical Songs / Mertens, Rohn
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6044 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Klicka
    Performer:  Susanne Rohn,  Klaus Mertens
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  • 7.
    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / De Mey, Kooy, Schlick, Wessel, Pregardien, Mertens, Koopman
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 46751 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Guy de Mey,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Breda,  Netherlands Bach Boys' Choir
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  • 8.
    Baroque Lieder / Mertens, Eckert, Hamburger Ratsmusik
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012074 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Bernhard,  Christian Herwich
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Michael Fuerst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
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  • 9.
    Telemannisches Gesangbuch / Klaus Mertens
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83341 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Michael Schonheit,  Klaus Mertens,  Thomas Fritzsch,  Stefan Maass  ... 
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  • 10.
    Weihnachts Lieder Vol 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83009 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Götz Payer,  Traditional,  Paul Kickstat  ... 
    Performer:  Götz Payer,  Julian Prégardien,  Sibylla Rubens,  Ingeborg Danz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Kay Johannsen,  Marcus Creed,  Michael Alber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Hamburger Ratsmusik,  Les Escapades  ... 
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    Weihnachts Lieder Vol 2
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83010 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Wolfgang Gentner,  Hans Georg Pflüger,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Monika Mauch,  Hugh Sandilands,  Barbara Pfeifer,  Ingeborg Danz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Kay Johannsen,  Marcus Creed,  Georg Christoph Biller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lords of the Chords,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Ensemble 94  ... 
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  • 12.
    An Die Musik - Schubert: Songs / Klaus Mertens, Tini Mathot
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72559 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Tini Mathot
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  • 13.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Fasolis, Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94359 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi,  Gloria Banditelli,  Lynne Dawson,  Christoph Prégardien  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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    Bach: Matthaus Passion / St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20256 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Stefan Kahle,  Wolfram Lattke,  Christina Landshamer  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Christoph Biller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  St. Thomas Boy's Choir
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    Bach: Matthaus Passion / St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig (Blu-ray)
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10256 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christina Landshamer,  Stefan Kahle,  Wolfram Lattke,  Klaus Mertens  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Christoph Biller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  St. Thomas Boy's Choir
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass In B Minor, Easter & Christmas Oratorios / Cleobury, Fasolis, Schweizer
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94382 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael George,  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Diego Fasolis,  Rolf Schweizer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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  • 17.
    Mozart Complete Edition [170 CDs + CD-ROM]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94251 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Hagel, Capella Weilburgensis
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12034 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Britta Schwarz,  Christine Wolff,  Markus Schäfer
    Conductor:  Doris Hagel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Weilburgensis,  Kantorei der Schlosskirche Weilburg
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  • 19.
    Aus meines Herzens Grunde - Die schonsten alten Kirchenlieder
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83015 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Georg Ebeling,  Traditional,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Thilo Dahlmann,  Klaus Mertens,  Ruth Sandhoff,  Marion Eckstein  ... 
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  • 20.
    Handel: Theodora / Martini, Wieland, Schmid, Vitzthum, Schoch, Mertens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572700 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Knut Schoch,  Christina Wieland,  Franz Vitzthum  ... 
    Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Junge Kantorei,  Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Hasse: Mass In D; Miserere In C / Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5125 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Mária Zádori,  Lena Susanne Norin,  Hans Jörg Mammel,  Klaus Mertens  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Max
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
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  • 22.
    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 23.
    Bach: Easter Cantatas / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72231 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Paul Agnew,  Kai Wessel,  Sibylla Rubens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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  • 24.
    Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Lynn Dawson, Bernhard Landauer, Charles Daniels, Klaus Mertens
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94275 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Bernhard Landauer,  Klaus Mertens,  Charles Daniels
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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  • 25.
    Kinderlieder Vol 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83006 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Julian Prégardien,  Juliane Ruf,  Klaus Mertens,  Götz Payer  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schindler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Der Hoppel Hoppel Rhythm Club,  Tübinger Neckarschwalben,  Singsalasing  ... 
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