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Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge / Alain


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 559447  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain
Number of Discs: 2 
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Bach’s fascination with the possibilities of counterpoint is the very essence of Die Kunst der Fuge, which the great French organist Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) performed at Alsace’s Masevaux Organ Festival in 1992. Famously and enigmatically, Bach never completed the work, and Alain respects this by breaking off the final fugue. ”Let us not forget that Bach was human too,” she wrote. “The brilliant architect and accomplished philosopher speaks and acts as a man both vulnerable and humble in the face of destiny that pursues its inexorable course.” Bach’s fascination with the possibilities of counterpoint is the very essence of Die Kunst der Fuge, which the great French organist Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) performed at Alsace’s Masevaux Organ Festival in 1992. Famously and enigmatically, Bach never completed the work, and Alain respects this by breaking off the final fugue. ”Let us not forget that Bach was human too,” she wrote. “The brilliant architect and accomplished philosopher speaks and acts as a man both vulnerable and humble in the face of destiny that pursues its inexorable course.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742-1746; Germany 

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