Friday, March 11, 2016, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 4pm
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
Four Hands and Two Keyboards: Duets and Solos by Bach, Mozart, Couperin, and Soler
The renowned harpsichord duo of Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot make a rare visit to the United States with a magnificent recital featuring dynamic music for four hands and two keyboards. In great demand around the world as a conductor and as director of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Koopman’s work as a soloist is equally impressive and wide-ranging. Mathot’s own storied career boasts award-winning recordings and projects with the finest players in Early Music. This magnificent repertoire—Bach's The Art of Fugue, sonatas by Mozart and Couperin, and masterworks by Soler and others—demands the close collaboration of two players of the highest caliber. As husband and wife and long-time musical partners, Koopman and Mathot deliver sheer beauty and unparalleled artistry.
Pre-Concert Talk at 7pm
|“The clarity with which Koopman and Mathot wrought an infinitely fine tracery of lines had a seductive appeal.”
March is Early Music Month. Sponsored by Early Music America, this national campaign is designed to raise awareness of Early Music throughout the larger North American music community.
Four Hands and Two Keyboards: Duets and Solos by Bach, Mozart, Couperin, Soler, and Others
François Couperin: Sonata L’Impériale in D minor
François Couperin: Chaconne in D major
Bruna: Tiento sobre la letanía de la Virgen in G minor
Mozart: Fugue in C minor, KV 426
Mozart: Sonata in D major, KV 381
D’Anglebert: Deuxième Suite (G minor)
Soler: Concerto in D major
J.S. Bach: 5 Contrapuncti from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Louis Couperin: Chaconne in C major
J.S. Bach: Preludium and Fuga in C major, BWV 547
As organist and harpsichordist, Ton Koopman has appeared in the most prestigious concert halls of the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. In 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (ABO), which soon gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Among his most ambitious projects has been the recording of the complete Bach cantatas, a massive undertaking for which he has been awarded the ECHO Klassik, the BBC Award, the Hector Berlioz Prize, and has been nominated for the GRAMMY Award and the Gramophone Award. Mr. Koopman has a very wide repertoire: as harpsichordist and organist he has performed music from the Renaissance to the Classical period, with the ABO he has explored intensely the Baroque and Classical period, and as a conductor with modern orchestras he also approaches the early Romantics. Mr. Koopman is Professor at the University of Leiden, Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and artistic director of the Festival Itinéraire Baroque.
Tini Mathot was born in Amsterdam, where she studied piano and harpsichord at the Sweelinck Conservatory. She works in tight collaboration with her husband (and former teacher) Ton Koopman, with whom she regularly performs in concert halls all over the world. Their repertoire for two keyboards ranges from well-known to rediscovered unknown works. Ms. Mathot plays regularly as a soloist, continuo player and accompanist, and is a founding member of the Corelli Ensemble. On her most recent CD she plays both organ and harpsichord, performing J.S. Bach’s trio sonatas together with Reine-Marie Verhagen (recorder). Her recording of Haydn trios with Jaap ter Linden and Andrew Manze was awarded a Diapason d’Or. Tini Mathot is professor of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.