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Bach Cantatas - Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6R6NS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Widely accepted as a leading authority on Baroque music, Ton Koopman introduces and conducts five of J.S. Bach's religious cantatas (composed between 1707 and 1731) and his famous secular Kaffee Kantate. Performed by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the ensemble aptly illustrates the enormous skill and diversity in J.S. Bach's music. Actus Tragicus, BWV 106, Aus der Tiefen, BWV 131, Wachet auf, BWV 140, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Kaffee Kantate) BWV 211, Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir Conductor TON KOOPMAN

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was für schöner Musik! April 25, 2008
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For someone born, raised, and currently still living in the Central United States, having the chance to see even one major Bach work without having to travel at least an hour by car is a rarity. Being able to see so many as are featured on this DVD is a veritable Bach buffet! Ton Koopman's renditions leave naught for want and, as a special treat, the Kaffe Kantate adds an amazingly candid look at how human Bach actually was! (Who would have thought!?)
When I first received this DVD, I watched it through completely twice before I was able to go on with anything else; what a treat!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars captivating Bach November 5, 2007
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Dutch musicologist Ton Koopman leads performances of six Bach cantatas in a mostly successful filmed musical venture. The performances by the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir adhere to accepted standards of 'Baroque performance' while manifesting Bach's red-blooded music with passionate abandon. Especially welcomed is the inclusion of BWV 106 'Actus Tragicus', Bach's funeral cantata of humble mien and everlasting richness, with a superbly played opening sonatina, the singers entering the stage only toward its conclusion. My one disappointment was the unnecessary commentary throughout by Koopman. I appreciate Koopman's musical attainment, but his ability to communicate Bach's essence with words is fraught with academic nomenclature that translates confusedly to the average viewer, a criticism frequently made to me by my students who have watched the film. I reckon one man's 'informative soliloquy' is another's made-to-order bore. I don't find in these performances the spiritual attainment I find with Bach Collegium Japan, but the rewards here are plentiful regardless. A beautifully measured musical pulse consistent throughout. Recommended for lovers of these radiant works. Definitely a favored plus to the available catalogue.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Peaceful. Easy Feeling July 13, 2007
Classical music is a little out of the area where I feel competent making qualitative judgements. I own some classical recordings, but no way do I have expertise in the field. But I know what I like when I hear it and I really like this.
Ton Koopman's Bach Cantatas recently came to my attention when it was highly praised on The Beanstalk, which is a forum where fans of Procol Harum can exchange information and opinions about music, especially the music of Procol Harum. Since some of the band's early recordings were heavily influenced by the music of Bach, it is natural that Bach would have many followers in common with PH. Though I know Bach's music more by reputation than by hearing, I trust the musical opinions of the writer who praised this so I decided to give it a shot.
Those who know the music already know how great it can be with an expert conductor. And as little as I know about classical music, I see in Ton Koopman not only a man who knows the music intimately but one who loves it passionately. This will become clear in the nearly three hours of music and informative soliloquy presented here.
While watching for the first time, I was filled with a peaceful easy feeling that soon banished all thoughts of anything except my thorough enjoyment of what I saw and heard. The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, under Koopman's conduction, render exquisite and pleasing to the senses six full-length Bach Cantatas. If you understand German, all the better, but you should enjoy them nevertheless.
As I listened, the thought crossed my mind that if there is any music that is pleasing to God or that consciously tries to be pleasing to him, then surely this must be it. Ton Koopman's Bach Cantatas DVD is high culture at your fingertips. Reach out and grab some for yourself. You'll never regret owning this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the music, excellent photography! September 17, 2008
Like some others, I am relishing repeated showings/listenings of this luscious DVD. I love it, and also enjoying Koopman's mini lectures. I have many many classical music videos...some of which I share with my mother, who has dementia. If the photography is appealing and clear, she is sucked right in and conducts along with the music, as she did here. Although the ensembles are bare bone, as in Bach's days, the production is not at all dry. The multiple cameras do more than just pan and zoom in. Cameras are on booms and perhaps even a steadicam. The camera floats over the orchestra, around the front to focus on the soloist. The choice of camera angles and shots seems to be flawless...you can always tell what is going on. The "Kaffee Kantata" is shot at a picturesque old coffee house...and partially staged with costumes. Also, the other cantatas are shot in a few different venues, with the performers changing outfits, so nothing seems old. Enjoyed hearing a few less familiar pieces, such as the Actus Tragicus and the 131. Wish he'd film the St. John and b minor mass. This set was expensive to film...wow. Oh, the solo soprano tones rather stressed my Bose computer speakers, but sounded great on the Sennheiser headphones.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cantata Starter Kit October 9, 2008
I'm just starting exploring Bach cantatas. I ordered $300 worth of recommended CDs and DVDs. This is the best of them all. I adore Koopman's educational talks before each cantata... and musically they are glorious.
FIVE STARS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific August 23, 2009
By Teemacs
I'm a sucker for Bach cantatas, but I was never that keen on Koopman's recorded set (started with Erato, and then continued privately à la Gardiner). However, this set is excellent. Koopman takes his Amsterdam Bach Orchestra and Choir through some of the greats, including BWV140 "Wachet auf" and BWV147 "Herz und Mund" (forever known for "Jesu, joy of man's desiring"). The performances are nice and Koopman's introductions always interesting. There is one secular cantata BWV211 (the so-called "Coffee" cantata), which is staged. Warmly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars KOOPMAN - BACH CANTATAS
Koopman has a wonderful way with these timeless works, his love of every phrase is well conveyed in this generous disc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by william roland herzel
3.0 out of 5 stars I would love it - if not the interruptions with lecturing
This is a great recording of musical performance and a series of very interesting short lectures. Unfortunately everything is mixed together, making the listening hardly enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tomasz Taubert
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Introduction
This set is a perfect introduction to Bach's Cantatas. I'm thankful for it opening the door for me, to which I return now and then and still marvel at all that's in there and feel... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Yifei Zhu
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Selection of Cantatas
Interesting and helpful commentary by Koopman. Excellent choice of cantatas which span the range of those available. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bob Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Koopman review
A marvellous DVD, great artists and Tom Koopman gives a really great story about the origin of the

cantatas. Thoroughly enjoyed the DVD.
Published 23 months ago by David Canberra
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent peformance
I had seen these cantatas on BBC several years ago and was very interested in purchasing. It doesn't disappoint. My favorite is BWV 56. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by eTCla
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
What can I say this is a brilliant DVD should be required listening for everyone! The production is first rate and the performances subtle and powerful.
Published on April 28, 2010 by David C. Julian
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