|Jeff Carroll said:|
The completely digital recording process of this recording really shows - it's wonderfully clear and the expressiveness of the musicians really comes through. The cleaner sounds of the brass allow a better appreciation for the complexity of the composition of the Art of the Fugue than any other
recording I have heard, while maintaining and easy to listen to "simple" sound.
Tim Smith said:
Omits the four canons...otherwise excellent recording in all respects. If you are into authentic performance practice you might prefer Reinhard Goebel and the Musica Antiqua Koln recording (Archiv 431-704-2).
Thomas Hubeart said:
The Canadian Brass plays this music with great zest, and the tonal variety afforded by the trumpets and other brass is more welcome in this music than the comparative aural monotony of organ-only performances. Still, the disk's packaging is deceptive in not noting anywhere that the four canons (Contrapunctus XII-XV in Graeser's score; different eds. enumerate these differently) are missing. This earns the disk somewhat of a downgrading in my opinion, despite the sparkle of the playing.
Adam N. La Spata said:
As I am a horn player myself and having played in many brass ensembles as well as an admirer of Bach, I am naturally drawn to this recording. Upon closer examination, I found this to be even better than I thought. As usual, the Brass prove themselves to be peak performers in all realms. For those who are musical purists, let it be known that the Brass are completely justified in peforming this work, since Bach purposely avoided scoring it for a specific instrumentation, so that his genius and mastery may be seen throughout all generations.