J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of the Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Walter Riemer
Individual Works:The Art of the Fugue,BWV 1080 complete recording, world-wide first on a fortepiano of Mozart type, including the chorale
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:ORF (shop.orf.at)
Catalog Number:CD 443
Year Released/Recorded:2005
Total Playing Time:96.14
Related Web Site:http://shop.niederfellabrunn.at
Comments:Walter Riemer said:

Johann Sebastian Bach's masterpiece - legendary, an eternal matter of discussion for musical science, demanding respect from musicians, a mystery arousing caution or even fear in music listeners?
For centuries the idea has been nursed that the work is a mathematically constructed training hour of theory on writing fugues and is intended actually only for reading and analyzing, but not for playing and hearing!
At least the opinion that the work is not even playable on a piano with two hands has in the meantime been disproved by some pianists (to mention the most well known: Sokolov, Koroliov, Kocsics and recently Hans Petermandl).
As a world-wide first production there is now a fortepiano recording, using a Mozart type instrument. We (and particularly the publisher, Austrian Radio ORF) believe to have found the ideal cast. Whoever does not believe this is invited to help himself at the ORF Shop! http://shop.niederfellabrunn.at.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Walter Riemer
Date First Submitted:03/03/2007