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Well played and well recorded example of BWV1080
The Art of Fugue consists of fourteen fugues and 4 canons. The fugues themselves can be considered as a set of variations, as indicated in Mr. Rangell’s illustrative liner notes. However, there is more here than just intellectual exercise. Under Mr. Rangell’s touch, it is clear that while some of the material is certainly slated to serve as material for the serious student, it is also evident that there is playfulness and (particularly in the case of the unfinished Contrapunctus 14) some sense of emotional closure at work. Bach has something to say in the music, and what is communicated is very human, warm, and satisfying.
As for the four canons, each of which is also a variation on the same theme, the particularly virtuosic Canon alla ottava is a treat to listen to – its equal parts energetic, intellectually stimulating, driven, and fun. Mr. Rangell demonstrates that he is up to the challenge brought about both here and in the single, double, and triple fugues that make up the work as a whole.
I enjoyed this recording very much, and do indeed recommend it for the Bach fugue lover.more....
By Bryce Morrison
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