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BACH, J.S.: Kunst der Fuge (Die) (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080a

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Guillot, Sebastien, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557796
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Bach’s last work, The Art of Fugue, was published shortly after his death. This recording uses the surviving autograph material from the last decade of Bach’s life, breaking off at the point where, according to his second son C.P.E. Bach, Johann Sebastian uses the letters of his own name, B-A-C-H, to introduce a new countersubject. It takes a true master of the keyboard to negotiate the labyrinthine corridors of this monumental work.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Naxos harpsichord version from Sébastien Guillot is in every way attractive. His instrument, by Jonte Knüf of Helsinki (after German models), is most pleasingly recorded and Guillot presents Bach’s masterly survey simply but not didactically: the result is very satisfying. Moreover the Naxos documentation by Pierre Bachmann and Keith Anderson is excellent. Why pay more?


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