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Bach : L'Art de la Fugue, BWV 1080. Belder.
Format : 2 CD
Total Time : 01:58:03

Recording : 18/06-22/07/2018
Location : Westeremden
Country : Pays-Bas
Sound : Eglise / Stereo

Label : Brilliant
Catalog No. : BRIL96035
EAN : 5028421960357
Price Code : DM011A

Publishing Year : 2019

Genre : Classical
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
L'Art de la Fugue, BWV 1080
4 Duos, BWV 802-805
Duo en mi mineur
Duo en fa majeur
Duo en sol majeur
Duo en la mineur
Ricercares, extrait de "The Musical Offering", BWV 1079
Ricercar a 3
Ricercar a 6

Pieter-Jan Belder, clavecin, clavicorde
Gerard de Wit, clavecin

A new recording of Bach’s final testament and love-letter to the art of counterpoint, performed in exemplary style by the Dutch harpsichordist with a catalogue of acclaimed recordings for Brilliant Classics. When he died in July 1750, Bach left tantalisingly unfinished his final masterpiece, The Art of Fugue. He had been composing and compiling it during the last decade of his life, alongside several other compendious projects such as the Mass in B minor and The Musical Offering, whose fugal masterpieces are excerpted on this recording. However, The Art of Fugue remains an absorbing testimony to Bach’s genius and to his life-long love and mastery of counterpoint. A single theme is elaborated with unprecedented variety over the course of 14 fugues and four canons. One of the fugues is composed for two harpsichords – where Belder is joined by Gerard de Wit – and composed in such a way that it can be performed backwards: an extraordinary feat of ingenuity. Playing both a modern copy of a Blanchet harpsichord and a clavichord modelled on a Friederici original, Belder intersperses canons within the sequence of fugues at strategic intervals. His extensive catalogue of Bach recordings has won international praise: here, for example is Fanfare’s verdict on his second recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier: ‘Tempos dance in more sprightly ways in the faster-paced preludes, and air between voices in the fugues assists the ear in appreciating Bach’s invention. Listen, for example to the sheer joyousness of the C?-Major Prelude and Fugue with its ornamental twists and turns… a fantastic Book II.’ ‘Belder’s Goldberg Variations is commendably humane and technically strongly competitive.’ (MusicWeb International). ‘Without bringing anything provocative into his interpretations, he dependably makes the listener comfortable and attentive. He draws attention not to himself but to the music. His imagination serves the composer. This new recording is quickly becoming one of my favorite interpretations of the Goldberg Variations.’ (American Record Guide). Belder’s new account of The Art of Fugue sets the seal on a distinguished catalogue of Bach recordings made over the course of 20 years.

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