J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wolfgang Rübsam
Individual Works:Art of Fugue BWV 1080:
Contrapunctus XVIII (from the Art of the Fugue Vol. 2
Contrapunctus XVII
Contrapunctus XIII
Contrapuncuts XIX

Partita sopra Sei gegreusset Jesu gutig, BWV 768
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Naxos
Catalog Number:8.550704
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:78'12"
I did not like this recording at all. The whole thing is played very romantically: great liberty is taken in regard to tempi. Bach's mighty Passacaglia becomes monotonous because it is all on the same registration. The frequent and out of place ritardandos and rallantandos verge on comical. I absolutly do not recommend this recording.

Jim Rae said:

I liked this disc as an example of Bach at full throttle.

It is as dramatic in some of the tracks as I believe some of his dazzling personal performances would have been, as well as his being the master of counterpoint.

Yes it's a total contrast to the minimalist approach of Glenn Gould which I also like - I listen to them both alternatively as therapy after a hard day...

Bach enthusiasts should have both in their collection.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eric Stoddard
  • Jim Rae
Date First Submitted:07/13/1997