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The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir is a Dutch early-music group based in Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir was created in two stages by the conductor, organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman. He founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 1979 and the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. They have performed in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Barbican Centre London, Konzerthaus, Vienna, Lincoln Center New York and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Tokyo.

The first concert of the choir and orchestra premiered two works of Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Requiem (for 15 voices) and Vespers (for 32 voices), at the 1992 Festival of Early Music in Utrecht.

In 1994, Koopman embarked on a ten-year project to conduct the group in recordings and performances of the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. His more than 200 cantatas were recorded in 22 volumes, first under the label Erato, since 2003 Challenge/Antoine Marchand Records, reissuing also the former volumes. Soloists for this project included sopranos Els Bongers, Ruth Holton, Lisa Larsson, Marlis Petersen, Sandrine Piau, Dorothea Röschmann, Sibylla Rubens, Barbara Schlick, Caroline Stam (a member of the choir from the beginning), Deborah York, Ruth Ziesak and Johannette Zomer, altos Bogna Bartosz, Michael Chance, Franziska Gottwald, Bernhard Landauer, Elisabeth von Magnus, Annette Markert, Andreas Scholl, Nathalie Stutzmann and Kai Wessel, tenors Paul Agnew, Jörg Dürmüller, James Gilchrist, Guy de Mey, Christoph Prégardien and Gerd Türk, and bass Klaus Mertens.

In 2005 they commenced a project Dieterich Buxtehude – Opera Omnia to record the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude (in progress). Singers for this project have additionally included sopranos Bettina Pahn, Miriam Meyer, Siri Thornhill, Orlanda Velez Isidro, altos Robin Blaze, Patrick Van Goethem, Hugo Naessens, Daniel Taylor, tenor Andreas Karasiak and bass Donald Bentvelsen.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Brandenburgerische Konzerte 5-6-2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
1985 Brandenburgische Konzerte Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
1991 Harpsichord Concertos, BWV 1060, 1061, 1062, 1065 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
1995 Concertos Brandebourgeois No. 1, 2, 3 & 5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 1
1996 Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) Antonio Vivaldi; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Andrew Manze, Ton Koopman 2
1997 Complete Cantatas, Volume 4 Bach; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman 2
1999 Simply Baroque Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Boccherini; Yo‐Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
1999 Complete Cantatas, Volume 8 Bach; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman 1
2000 Simply Baroque II Bach, Boccherini; Yo‐Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
2002 Symphonies nos. 25, 31 "Paris" & 41 "Jupiter" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
2004 Vivaldi’s Cello Antonio Vivaldi; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Yo‐Yo Ma, Ton Koopman 3
2008 Dialogue Cantatas I Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman 1
2009 Whitsun Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir 1
Organ Concertos Op. IV & Op. VII Handel; Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 1
Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Complete Cantatas, Volume 11 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman 2

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