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Musical Offering Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence
  • ASIN: B00004Z1B6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ricercar A 3
2. Canon Perpetuus A 2
3. Canon A 2 Violini In Unisono
4. Canon A 2 Per Motum Contrarium
5. Canon A 2 Per Augmentationem, Contrario Motu
6. Canon A 2 Per Tonos
7. Fuga Canonica In Epidiapente
8. Canon Perpetuus Super Thema Regium
9. Canon Perpetuus
10. Canon A 2
11. Canon A 4
12. Largo
13. Allegro
14. Andante
15. Allegro
16. Ricercar A 6
17. Allegro Moderato
18. Siciliano
19. Allegro
20. Adagio Ma Non Tanto
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Editorial Reviews

Bach's Musical Offering is one of the most unique chamber works ever written. For instance instead of a fixed ensemble, in each movement the instrumentation varies from a lone soloist to combinations of two to four musicians. As one of the very few ensembles to record all of J.S. Bach's chamber music the Musica Antiqua Koln here offer one of the finest, most idiomatically knowing, crisply articulated and spirited performances of the work available. Archiv's sound as well is top notch with remarkable acoustic clarity and definition.

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Despite the total lack of a booklet or notes, the CD is a bargain!
Leslie Richford
The sound is magnificent in this recording and the cerebral nature of the work is mitigated by the intimacy and color of the various instruments.
P. Kelley
I find this to be an excellent presentation of this deeply contemplative, very late work of Bach's.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Critic at large on February 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have always liked the Musical Offering. That said, many people don't, finding it dry or "academic". If you fall into that category, this recording may change your mind. The playing is lively and most importantly, it focuses one's attention to the composition and interplay of the voices. I own four different versions of this work, and this recording is my favorite. Check it out!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on March 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Das musikalische Opfer [The Musical Offering] BWV 1079. Appendix: Flute Sonatas BWV 1031 und 1035. Performed by: Musica Antiqua Cologne [Reinhard Goebel, Hajo Bäss, violin; Charles Medlam, viola da gamba; Wilbert Hazelzet, transverse flute; Jaap ter Linden, violoncello; Henk Bouman, harpsichord], Ltg. Reinhard Goebel. Date of first publication: 1979 (BWV 1079), 1983 (BWV 1031/1035). Unfortunately, neither date nor place of recording are named. Digitally remastered und re-issued as DG Eloquence 469 039-2.

Reinhard Goebel's 1979 recording of Bach's "Musical Offering" is, in my opinion, a great testimony to the early art of this exceptional ensemble. I own two other "historically informed" recordings of this work, those by the Linde Consort (on EMI) and by the Canadian L'ensemble Arion (on Analekta), but although both of these are very good (especially that by Arion), the old Cologne recording still manages to excel them and ranks as something very special. Reinhard Goebel does not keep here to the commonly accepted order of the pieces as published by the Bach Society, but his choice seems well-founded (as Eloquence CDs have no booklet whatsoever, there is no reason given for it, but on listening I found that Goebel's way of putting the piece together "clicked" with me). The way of playing here is mostly quite energetic and always masterly and awakes this often rather difficult music to new life. Wilbert Hazelzet's flute-playing deserves special mention as a pleasure for ears and heart. Anyone who has doubts about the quality of this disc should listen in, if possible, to the second movement (the first "Allegro") of the Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale (track 13), which is really beautifully done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Unlike The Art of Fugue, Bach's great Musical Offering is not only of manageable dimensions (three quarters of an hour long) but is also designed as a single coherent composition that comes to a coherent conclusion with a grandiose finale. Simplifying its origins a little, Frederick the Great presented Bach with a theme of his own composition and bade him improvise a three-voice fugue on it. That was no problem but it seems that even Bach baulked at the Emperor's next command, to improvise in six voices. However it was probably not good politics to seem to snub Frederick the Great, so Bach's infinite musical talent came immediately to his rescue. In short order he turned out not only the six-part effort but also ten more canons, plus a four-movement trio sonata, all based on Frederick's theme, and had it engraved and bound handsomely for presentation to the monarch.

You would not expect the Musica Antiqua ensemble of Cologne to transgress in matters of authentic style. Six players take part, and the 3-part and 6-part ricercars (sc fugues) that start and finish the work are given as harpsichord solos. We know that Bach played the 3-parter himself, and the final 6-part summing-up of the whole work is written in open score, like The Art of Fugue to that extent and also like it in being within the capacity of a pair of hands. This does not commit interpreters to keyboard-solo renderings, and in abstract `absolute' music of this kind any suitable instrumentation will do unless the composer signifies definite wishes in that respect. However it is a perfectly reasonable way to go about these two numbers and also the 2-part canon #10. Instruments exist for music after all and not the other way about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on July 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This recording has had many CD incarnations and now this is offered at a budget price. I cannot recommend this highly enough or overstate how great Reinhard Goebel and his MAK ensemble are in their performance of Bach. A must have!!!
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By P. Kelley on May 15, 2014
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The sound is magnificent in this recording and the cerebral nature of the work is mitigated by the intimacy and color of the various instruments.
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