Ton Koopman, for the first time at the head of the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra, conducts the concert that closes this part of the season, Saturday, March 6, 2021. The Dutch maestro, a specialist in Baroque music and a leading figure in the early interpretation movement, is entrusted with the fascinating task of tracing a thread between Ludwig van Beethoven and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. In fact, the musical program places side by side two Suites for orchestra by Bach – no. 1 in C major bwv 1066 and no. 3 in D major bwv 1068 – and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 36.
Born in 1944, Ton Koopman received a classical education. Later he studied musicology, organ with Simon Jansen and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt. During his career as an organist, harpsichordist, director and researcher, Johann Sebastian Bach became the epicenter of his work and life. But it also gave Bach’s predecessor Dietrich Buxtehude his legitimate place in the history of music. “Bring ancient music to life in a unique and recognizable Koopman style,” wrote one American critic. Koopman remains faithful to the composer’s ideas: Bach should sound like Bach, Buxtehude like Buxtehude.
Location: Malibran Theater, Venice
Schedule: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Time: 5.30 pm