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Fugue - Bach, Shostakovich / Onyx Brass


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10462   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachDmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A brilliant idea not quite brilliantly executed, this disc called Fugue alternates between works composed in that form by Bach and Shostakovich arranged for brass quintet and performed by the Onyx Brass. Written for the most part by members of the group, the arrangements themselves are stylish, idiomatic, and highly virtuosic. The program of alternating composers is fascinating, allowing listeners to compare their different approaches to the form and, just as importantly, their different approaches to their times, Bach's being austere, objective, and monumental and Shostakovich's being intense, subjective, and emotional.

For the most part, the Onyx Brass is up to the demands of the arrangements. With a robust tone and
Read more muscular rhythms, the group makes the most of music's power and energy. Unfortunately, it is not altogether up to the music's most rigorous requirements. The textures sometimes seem clotted in climaxes and the ensemble occasionally goes a bit awry in the most vigorous passages. Recorded in vivid digital sound, this disc may prove enjoyable to listeners interested in the composers, fascinating to listeners interested in brass quintets, and a cornucopia for brass quintets looking for new repertoire.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: David Gordon Shute. 
2.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 1 in C major - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Amos Miller. 
3.
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: James Maynard. 
4.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 3 in G major - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Sutton. 
5.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 10 in E minor, BWV 855 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Amos Miller. 
6.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 4 in E minor - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Niall Keatley. 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 5 in D major, BWV 850 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Niall Keatley. 
8.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 5 in D major - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Amos Miller. 
9.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 24 in B minor, BWV 869 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Niall Keatley. 
10.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 6 in B minor - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Amos Miller. 
11.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 863 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Timothy Jackson. 
12.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 12 in G sharp minor - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Timothy Jackson. 
13.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: David Gordon Shute. 
14.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 15 in D flat major - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Brian Thomson. 
15.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: David Gordon Shute. 
16.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 17 in A flat major - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Brian Thomson. 
17.
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor": Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Simon Wright. 
18.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 22 in G minor - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Sutton. 
19.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Amos Miller. 
20.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 24 in D minor - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Notes: Arranger: Brian Thomson. 

Sound Samples

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 1 in C major (arr. for brass quintet)
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541: Fugue (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 3 in G major (arr. for brass quintet)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855 (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 4 in E minor (arr. for brass quintet)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 850 (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 5 in D major (arr. for brass quintet)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869 (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 6 in B minor (arr. for brass quintet)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 863 (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 12 in G sharp minor (arr. for brass quintet)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 (arr. for brass quintet
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 15 in D flat major (arr. for brass quintet)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (arr. for brass quintet): The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 17 in A flat major (arr. for brass quintet)
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542: Fugue (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 22 in G minor (arr. for brass quintet)
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903: Fugue (arr. for brass quintet)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (arr. for brass quintet): 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87: Fugue No. 24 in D minor (arr. for brass quintet)

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