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Bach: Art Of Fugue / Leon Berben

Bach,J.s. / Berben
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Ramee   Catalog #: 1106   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Léon Berben
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Probably no single work by Johann Sebastian Bach is surrounded with such an aura of mystery and secrecy as The Art of Fugue. The legends that attend it have certainly not prevented direct access to the monumental cycle of fugues, but they have palpably hampered any appreciation free of the prejudice concerning Bach's artistic calibre. The mass of peripheral literature stretching across the generations has become almost impenetrable, making it difficult even for specialists to separate the grain of serious research - scientifically based and verifiable - from the over-abundant chaff of erroneous speculation. Léon Berben presents a deeply personal interpretation of this masterwork. For him, Bach's The Art of Fugue is not simply a Read more theoretical or mathematical exercise, but is living music, replete with all the emotions and affects that musical rhetoric can deliver. His choice of instrument was not left to chance: the 1744 Wagner organ in Angermünde, with its characteristic voices and precise acoustic, allows for a distinct presentation of the counterpoint. Berben's interpretation is characterised by the rigour of his textual reading (for example, his respect for original tempo indications) and his vivacious playing - without doubt a new benchmark in the recording history of the piece. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Léon Berben (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  St. Marien Church, Angermünde, Germany 
Length: 75 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus I
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus II
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus III
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IV
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Canon II, alla Ottava
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus V
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus VI a 4 in Stylo Francese
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus VII a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Canon III, alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus VIII a 3
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IX a 4 alla Duodecima
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus X a 4 alla Decima
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XI a 4
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Canon IV, alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus inversus XII a 4, forma inversa
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus inversus XII a 4, forma recta
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus inversus XIII a 3, forma recta
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus inversus XIII a 3, forma inversa
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Canon I, per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Fuga a 3 Soggetti

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