I’ve had the great fortune to meet many people who are famous for their extraordinary talents, and today I met another. Dutch organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman is an expert on baroque music, and a towering figure in the world of music in general. What a thrill and a pleasure to meet him for the first time today! He is brilliant and articulate, of course, but also charming, approachable, and gracious. He talked about Bach being the center of his musical universe, about his own start in music as a young boy, and he gave a short list of some of his favorite compositions. He also shared his opinion about what makes baroque music so appealing and accessible, and about the need for performers to demonstrate their authentic passion for the music as a way to win over people who might not yet know they love this music. We will be posting my conversation with Ton Koopman soon, and you will no doubt hear in his voice the passion and enthusiasm for the music he lives and breathes and loves so deeply.
Sunday Baroque Blog
Host Suzanne Bona occasionally shares something interesting with you that is too timely or doesn't quite fit on the weekly broadcast. It might be to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the program, tell you about a terrific new recording, share information about a group's concert tour or latest award, or inform you about the passing of an important musician. Sometimes it might be an observation about the musical scene in general, or a reaction to a news item that relates to the world of music or the arts. Check in with Suzanne's blog to see what she has to say and join the conversation.