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Bach: The Art of Fugue / Die Kunst Der Fuge

J.S. Bach Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 6, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B000005EAW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.1
2. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.3
3. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.2
4. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.4
5. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.5
6. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.6, a 4
7. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.7, a 4
8. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Canon alla Duodecima BWV 1080.17
9. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Canon in Hypodiaspason BWV 1080.15
10. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Canon in Hypodiatessaron BWV 1080.14
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.13-1, a 3
2. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.13-2
3. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.9, a
4. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.10, a 4
5. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.11, a 4
6. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.8, a 3
7. Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080: Contrapunctus BWV 1080.19

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Everything about The Art of Fugue is controversial. Did Bach finish it or not? If not, should a completion be attempted, or should the finale fugue be left in its unfinished state? What order should the various pieces be played in? Where they intended to be listened to at all? And if "yes," what instrument would Bach have preferred? The answers to all of these questions are: "We don't know, and it really doesn't matter." Supremely practical musician that he was, Bach never wrote a note that he didn't intend to be heard, and if he didn't specify an instrument, that's because the music works just like the fugues themselves--backwards, forwards, upside-down and sideways. Marie-Claire Alain is one of the great Bach players of her age, and this performance is in every way worthy of her. --David Hurwitz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alain shines in Bach's masterwork September 28, 1999
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One of Bach's masterworks, that is. I find that Alain's playing of Bach flowers fully on "The Art of Fugue," essential music by the Master of Leipzig, played with sensitivity and chilling honesty by Alain. I have several versions of "Fugue," and I place this one at the top. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Pinnacle October 10, 2003
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Marie-Claire Alain has added yet another astounding CD to the Bach oeuvre. I had already purchased the same organists "Complete Works" to which I would have liked to have given 10 stars.
This interpretation (organ, of course) seems quintessentially Bach, the breathing of the pipes accompanying the incredibly beautiful notes that seem to shimmer. Somehow, the entire work seems almost "organistic" althought there are no clear directions left by the composer for the particular instrument. The clarity and subtle buildings of sound tones is truly an act of artistry. And the summation with the synthesis of the many themes into coherent whole is breathtaking. This recording is one that I have listened to many times and have never tired of a single selection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach: The Art of Fugue August 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Bach: The Art of Fugue~ Johann Sebastian Bach is an amazing recording with the stupendously talented Ms Alain. She plays with such skill and fortitude that Bach himself would verily be proud. The sound quality on this recording is some of the best I have heard in quite a while as well. The book-let is very informative and the essay Maria-Claire Alain and translated by Stewart Spencer is very well-written and describes the nature of the work and then each work in detail. The artwork is right on the mark and shows the brilliant work of Bach. I love this recording and I can definitely recommend this recording. 5 well deserved stars.
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