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Bach: The Art of Fugue / Musical Offering

Marriner , Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields Audio CD
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listen  1. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 1John Gray 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 2Tess Miller 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 3Christopher Hogwood 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 4Tess Miller 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon alla OttavaChristopher Hogwood 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 5Tess Miller 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 6 a 4 in Stylo FranceseChristopher Hogwood 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla TerzaChristopher Hogwood 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 7 a 4 per Augmentationem et DiminutionemTess Miller 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 8 a 3Christopher Hogwood 7:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla QuintaChristopher Hogwood 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla DuodecimaTess Miller 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 10 a 4 alla DecimaJohn Gray 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario MotuChristopher Hogwood 7:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 11 a 4Tess Miller 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus inversus a 3 (Forma inversa)Christopher Hogwood 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus inversus 12 a 4 (Forma recta)John Gray 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Fuga a 2 Clav.Sir Andrew Davis 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus inversus a 3 (Forma recta)Christopher Hogwood 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Alio modo. Fuga a 2 Clav.Sir Andrew Davis 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Fuga a 3 Soggetti (unfinished)Tess Miller 7:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Ricercar a 3Nicholas Kraemer 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canon perpetuus super Thema RegiumStephen Shingles0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 1 a 2 (Canon cancrizans)Iona Brown 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 2 a 2 Violini in unisonoMalcolm Latchem 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 3 a 2 per Motum contrariumWilliam Bennett0:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 5 a 2 (per Tonos)Sir Neville Marriner 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: LargoDenis Vigay 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: Allegro mode- ratoDenis Vigay 8:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: Andante lar- ghettoDenis Vigay 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: AllegroDenis Vigay 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Quaerendo invenietis: Canon a 2Nicholas Kraemer 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Quaerendo invenietis: Canon a 4Malcolm Latchem 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canon perpetuusDenis Vigay 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 4 a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario MotuSir Neville Marriner 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Fuga canonica in EpidiapenteSir Neville Marriner 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. J.S. Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Ricercar a 6Sir Neville Marriner 8:48Album Only


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Rivaled only by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neville Marriner was one of the most important of the early figures who spearheaded the reawakening of modern interest in Baroque and early Classical music. In the 1950s, he founded Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the first British early music ensemble to find a large international audience. Marriner has since become one of the most popular conductors ... Read more in Amazon's Sir Neville Marriner Store

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041A6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are many apocryphal stories in the classical-music world, but the one in which Frederick the Great challenged Bach to improvise a six-part fugue on a theme of the king's own invention is true, and The Musical Offering was, after a period of further reflection, the result. As with all the works of Bach's later years, the work is both great art and a "teaching piece," which shows everything that he thought could be done with the king's theme. The Trio Sonata based on the theme is the only major piece of chamber music from Bach's last decades in Leipzig, and that makes the work and essential cornerstone of any Bach collection. This performance, led by Neville Marriner, is both polished and lively, and very well recorded. At a "twofer" price, coupled with The Art of Fugue, it's the preferred version of the work on modern instruments. --David Hurwitz

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early masterpiece of the baroque revival January 18, 2000
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It was the music on this disc -- originally available as separate boxed sets of vinyl records -- along with ASMF's Brandenburgs that really sparked my interest in baroque music in general, and Bach in particular. Though, 30 years later, the performance sounds a little dark, slow and dense to ears accustomed to airier historically-informed performances, it nevertheless has a richness and warmth that you simply won't hear on any other recording of these two works.

This is absolute music, composed without any specific instrument in mind. The Offering and the Art of Fugue have been equally successfully performed on the organ, harpsichord, piano, and by string ensemble. The ASMF succeeds in presenting them in ALL of these contexts, except the piano.

The performance is first-rate, if a little reserved.

UPDATE: Since I originally posted this review, I have listened to the ASMF recording many, many more times. It occurs to me that I originally gave this disc a 4-star review because it is performed on mostly modern instruments which lack the bite of baroque instruments. Yet, performed on period instruments, modern instruments, piano, harpsichord, organ or what have you, this really is an extraordinary composition. Marriner et. al. more than rise to the occasion. Consequently, I have revised my review to 5-stars.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars repetition, glorious repetition December 30, 2006
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An acquaintance of mine once overheard the sound of Bach emanating from my computer, grimaced slightly, and said 'it's repetition'.

Precisely. Though she thought she was making a criticism.

J.S. Bach explored creation via the medium of music. In overturning and resettling the soil given to him by musical convention and his own fecund mind, he understood himself to be exploring the possibilities of God's good earth.

He produced no more repetitious works than the Art of Fugue and Musical Offering. But ah, the glory!

Because Bach was not specific about the instrumentation he desired for one or both of these works, Sir Neville Mariner and the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Field, those always trustworthy custodians of all things baroque, give us this fine recording of a number of combinations of strings as well as of organ and harpsichord.

These are not pieces for random listening. One needs to sit and soak in the seemingly endless creative moves that Bach could make with just a few themes. It is endlessly repetitious and ceaselessly fascinating, perhaps a bit like love itself. Indeed it is almost entrancing.

In fact Bach *was* loving several objects as he exercised his masterful, musical intuition. He was loving God, for at the end of each manuscript he penned the initials 'S.D.G' ('Soli Deo Gloria' = 'To God alone be the glory'). He was loving the very creation he was exploring. And, professional considerations notwithstanding, he was loving those sympathetic listeners who for centuries would find themselves amazed at his craft.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the tape quality keeps this from a '5' September 21, 2001
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This CD set comes from some tapes recorded during the '70s, and the audiophile will quickly hear this. In spite of this hiccup, the depth of the performances are striking.
In his last years, J.S. Bach wrote much of his music for the sheer joy of creating mathematically delightful pieces, hence the endless variations and inversions of the themes from "Art of the Fugue" and "Musical Offering." Some evidence suggests that J.S.B. didn't care too much whether or not the music was, in fact, performed. I think he would be struck by this performance, especially, of the 6-part ricercar - one of the most complex and repeatedly listenable compositions ever put to paper by man.
This is not necessarily a collection of music that bears constant listening to from start to finish as if it were a number of movements of a larger piece. Pick and chose your diamonds from the drawer, and leave a few for another day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great recording of masterworks. May 22, 2001
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I realize I'm in the distinct minority here, but I think this is a fantastic recording of the Art of Fugue and the Musical Offering. Part of me really likes the slower tempos, maybe because it allows the listener to appreciate the depth and real genius that goes into writing such complicated works. Bach was nothing if not an original... During his day, he was not recognized as the brilliant composer that he was. Instead, he was seen mostly as being old and worn out. Today, we can look back on his music and realize how wrong some people were. Here is a composer for which there is no equal, and I don't think there ever will be. These two pieces contain some of his most intellectual music, but it's still intoxicatingly beautiful to listen to. At this price, grab it up.
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This cd is best for those of us who are unfamiliar with Bach's music and want to get to know these two works and buy an affordable cd at the same time. As a general introduction it is great and very educational--the art of fugue is played on various instruments to drive home the fact that the music was never scored for specific instruments. Each contrapunctus is given a decent and fair showing.
Marriner however seems to be most comfortable when he is conducting lighter, airier stuff like Mozart divertimentos (some of the best mozart around is conducted my marriner in my opinion) Bach is a little above him i think.You can tell that he has deep respect for this music by the way he handles it--but i think he has trouble finding the soul or emotion of this music. Put another way he demonstrates masterfully the intellectual side of Bach, but fails at capturing the emotion and feeling of Bach. And dont tell me that there is no emotion to Bach's music--because i know better having heard some of his other pieces.
To be fair though it should be said that The Art of Fugue and to some extent the Musical Offering are two of Bach's most abstract and "conceptual" works so it is no wonder that one might have trouble capturing all its dimensions on cd. I have difficulty sitting through this cd (although i have done it several times) at times the performance comes off as being a little dry and rote--almost as if one was playing an exercise or an etude rather than a work proper. It is best in small pieces. The fugal nature of the piece can at times make one think one is hearing the same thing over and over due to the slower tempo and conducting style of Marriner. In reality however there are many different things going on in each fugue despite the fact that they are all based on one theme.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull
I found this some time ago marked down to a ridiculously low price, and eagerly grabbed it. I've long been a fan of Marriner's Brandenburg Concertos with AMSF Bach: Brandenburg... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Count
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible beyond words...
...and yet I must attempt to desrcibe in words how incredible this music is. Harold C. Schonberg, the New York Times music critic, said about The Art of Fugue that perhaps it would... Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by Samuel Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but why not go for the best instead?
Of the five CDs of J.S. Bach's The Art Of The Fugue recently acquired, this is my least favorite. It is good, but but lacks the precision and spark of Karl Munchinger's direction... Read more
Published on November 20, 2005 by Michael Cammer
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable, but not outstanding, 2 CD set of Bach
This is a good, but certainly not great, set of performances of two of Bach's contrapunctal works. Why only three stars? Read more
Published on September 20, 2005 by Critic at large
4.0 out of 5 stars A rich variety of instrumentation
This last, highly-systematic composition of Bach was his summation of the art of contrapunctal composition. Read more
Published on August 27, 2005 by Alan Lekan
5.0 out of 5 stars Height of Composition Skill
Contrapuntal Master shows his stuff with this masterful offering from Sir Neville and his Academy of St. Martin. Read more
Published on December 4, 2002 by rodboomboom
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best option, but...
I think Marriner and the Academy are best suited for other types of pieces. Mozart, Haydn, these are the kinds of composers that seem more appropiate. Read more
Published on December 27, 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sleeping Death March
Once upon a time, I had a 33rpm vinyl done by I've no idea who. It was at a speedy tempo, one JSB would have loved. A very bright and cheery piece. Read more
Published on December 9, 2000 by Ronald Davis
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