J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Julliard.String.Quartet
Instrumentation:Cello
Violin
Viola
Individual Works:The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Record Label:SONY
Catalog Number:S2K 45 937
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 44'13
cd 2: 45'40
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

I was surprised I liked this performance so much. Playing modern instruments, in modern style, the result is lush and beautiful. Their modern approach sometimes reminds me of a 20th century string quartet, rather than Bach, which says much for Bach's visionary genius. I was glad to have the canons included. The final fugue is left unfinished, which I prefer. They also included the Choral "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit" which was included in the printed edition after Bach's death.

The performance is not a transcription or arrangement, but (from the liner notes) "simply a faithful reproduction of every note that Bach wrote." Indeed it is . A lovely recording that I highly recommend.

Acknowledgements:
Date First Submitted:07/25/2002