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Die Kunst der Fugue (Art of the Fugue) [Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

J.S. Bach , Jordi Savall , Hesperion XX Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Contrapunctus 1 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Contrapunctus 2 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Contrapunctus 3 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Contrapunctus 12A (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Contrapunctus 12B (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Contrapunctus 4 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Canon 17 Alla Duodecima In Contrapunto Alla Quinta (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Canon 16 Alla Decima Contrapunto Alla Terza (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Contrapunctus 5 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Contrapunctus 6 In Stylo Francese (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Contrapunctus 7 PerAugment. Et Diminut. (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Contrapunctus 8 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 7:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Contrapunctus 9 Alla Duodecima (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Contrapunctus 10 Alla Decima (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Conrapunctus Inversus 13B (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Conrapunctus 13A (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Conrapunctus 11 (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 8:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Canon 14 Per Augmentationem In Contrario Motu (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Canon 15 Alla Ottava (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Contrapunctus 18 - Fuga A 3 Soggetti (Bach)Hespèrion Xx, Jordi Savall 8:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Hesperion XX
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • ASIN: B00005NTKF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing refinement and clarity March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Jordi Savall's rather unique recording of this Bach masterpiece uses a consort of viols...treble, alto (!), tenor, and bass viols and also a consort of winds...cornetto, oboe da caccia, tenor trombone, and bassoon. Some pieces are recorded with strings alone, others with winds alone, and some with both of them.

Throughout, though, there is an amazing clarity and quality of tone and the counterpoint is brought out beautifully. The performers do not obscure the lines by using excessive vibrato or too many players on a part; yet, the playing is still expressive and beautiful. The smaller viols sound wonderful on the high notes, and the lower viols have a resonant yet clear tone that you don't find from a modern violin-based string quartet.

I agree with our other reviewer here...this must be the best recording of the Art of Fugue money can buy at this point, and that's saying something, because I have heard several other versions by top performers...yet Jordi Savall's unique but insightful rendition wins the five stars!

Oh, and do yourself a favor...if you want to buy this item along with the musical offering, don't buy them together as suggested by Amazon. It's cheaper to buy them in the boxed set called "Bach's Testament" which Amazon also sells. :) I would recommend buying that too, by the way, as the recording of the musical offering is also great.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential December 4, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Best "Art of Fugue" I've heard. The small orchestra befits the music. I have versions for organ, piano, string quartet, viol consort, and I feel as if Savall and his group give the most satisfying performance overall. A very spiritual recording of Bach's last great masterpiece.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 16, 2005
By Musicus
Format:Audio CD
This double CD is fantastic! Yes, it is appealing very much to my fantasy, my imagination. It makes me think of Bach as some folk music composer, partly because of the weird colours of the 'authentic' instrumentation, of course. But in fact, the - modern! - Juillard string quartet made me think of folk music, too, so there is probably something in the theme that Bach chose that hints to such an aspect of folk music, which makes me think of some ancient legend told. The very rich colours and the warm, beautiful playing make me consider this one of the best Art of the Fugue, certainly the most fantasy-appealing.
Munchinger has a very emotional Art of the Fugue, with modern orchestra, unmissable. Quite elegant, not so emotional, rather laid back, is Ristenpart's performance, for orchestra too.
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