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Ton Koopman

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Concerto in G Minor for 2 Cellos, Strings and Basso continuo, RV 531 : I. Allegro Yo-Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 03:19
Les Nations, Troisième ordre " L'Impériale": X. Menuet Jordi Savall, Monica Huggett, Chiara Bianchini, Ton Koopman 00:57
The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Minor, RV 297 "Winter": I. Allegro non molto Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 03:35
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183: I. Allegro con brio Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 10:38
Les Nations, Premier ordre "La Françoise": I. Sonade Jordi Savall, Monica Huggett, Chiara Bianchini, Ton Koopman 06:48
Bach, JS: Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027: IV. Allegro moderato Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman 03:16
Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 04:43
The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in F Major, RV 293 "Autumn": III. Allegro Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 03:34
Bach, JS: Organ Concerto No. 5 in D Minor, BWV 596: I. — & II. Grave (After Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins, Op. 3 No. 11, RV 5 Ton Koopman 01:29
The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 269 "Spring": III. Allegro Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 03:36

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A Dutch composer who has spent his career studying early historical forms of classical music and the way in which they were performed, Ton Koopman is a scholar in the works of Bach and founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has played at some of the world's finest concert halls.

Born in Zwolle, Holland he grew up studying the organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and became part of the early music movement in the 1960s, which sought to authentically replicate compositions from the 17th and 18th century. They were seen as outsiders in the classical music world at the time, but Koopman formed the first ever Baroque orchestra when he was just 25 and specialised in the compositions of Bach and his predecessor Dieterich Buxtehude. With the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and later the Amsterdam Baroque Choir (which he started in 1992), he made hundreds of recordings, including works by Handel, Vivaldi and Mozart, but embarked on his life's work in 1995 when set out to make the first complete recordings of all of Bach's cantatas. He eventually finished the project in 2005, despite having to start his own label after original backers Warner closed their classical subsidiary, and Koopman then went on to record the works of Buxtehude on 20 volumes of 'Opera Omnia'. He also spent three years as the artist in residence with the Cleveland Orchestra.