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Bach, J.S.: The Art of Fugue; A Musical Offering [CD]

Sir Neville Marriner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jan 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000041A6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 1Carmel Kaine 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 2Carmel Kaine 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 3Christopher Hogwood 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 4Carmel Kaine 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon alla OttavaChristopher Hogwood 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 5Carmel Kaine 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 6 a 4 in Stylo FranceseChristopher Hogwood 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla TerzaChristopher Hogwood 4:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 7 a 4 per Augmentationem et DiminutionemCarmel Kaine 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus 8 a 3Christopher Hogwood 6:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla QuintaChristopher Hogwood 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla DuodecimaCarmel Kaine 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 10 a 4 alla DecimaCarmel Kaine 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario MotuChristopher Hogwood 5:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus 11 a 4Carmel Kaine 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus inversus a 3 (Forma inversa)Christopher Hogwood 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus inversus 12 a 4 (Forma recta)Carmel Kaine 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Fuga a 2 Clav.Sir Andrew Davis 2:150.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus inversus a 3 (Forma recta)Christopher Hogwood 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Contrapunctus inversus 12 a 4 (Forma inversa)Carmel Kaine 2:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Alio modo. Fuga a 2 Clav.Sir Andrew Davis 2:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Edition prepared by Sir Neville Marriner & Andrew Davis - Fuga a 3 Soggetti (unfinished)Carmel Kaine 6:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Ricercar a 3Nicholas Kraemer 6:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canon perpetuus super Thema RegiumStephen Shingles0:430.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 1 a 2 (Canon cancrizans)Iona Brown0:530.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 2 a 2 Violini in unisonoIona Brown0:590.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 3 a 2 per Motum contrariumWilliam Bennett0:340.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 5 a 2 (per Tonos)Iona Brown 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: LargoWilliam Bennett 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: Allegro mode- ratoWilliam Bennett 6:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: Andante lar- ghettoWilliam Bennett 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Sonata for Flute, Violin and Continuo: AllegroWilliam Bennett 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Quaerendo invenietis: Canon a 2Nicholas Kraemer0:520.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Quaerendo invenietis: Canon a 4Iona Brown 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canon perpetuusWilliam Bennett 1:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Canones diversi: Canon 4 a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario MotuIona Brown 1:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Fuga canonica in EpidiapenteAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields 2:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musical Offering, BWV 1079 - Edition and instrumentation: Sir Neville Marriner - Ricercar a 6Iona Brown 7:250.79  Buy MP3 


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There are many apocryphal stories in the classical-music world, but the one in which Frederick the Great challenged Bach to improvise a six-part fugue on a theme of the king's own invention is true, and The Musical Offering was, after a period of further reflection, the result. As with all the works of Bach's later years, the work is both great art and a "teaching piece", which shows everything that he thought could be done with the king's theme. The Trio Sonata based on the theme is the only major piece of chamber music from Bach's last decades in Leipzig, and that makes the work an essential cornerstone of any Bach collection. This performance, led by Neville Marriner, is both polished and lively, and very well recorded. At a "twofer" price, coupled with The Art of Fugue, it's the preferred version of the work on modern instruments. --David Hurwitz

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The crowning glory of the grand old man of music 28 Feb 2002
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These two works are arguably the capstone of all of Bach's works.
The Art of Fugue encapsulates everything that he wanted to say about the science (and indeed mathematics) of the creation of musical forms. The work is rigidly structured, yet diverse; it's studious, yet an entertainment. This version (there exist quite a number) is in 22 "movements", each of which has its own taxonomic classification, all of which are based around a simple yet compelling theme. Variations on that theme include turning it upside down, playing backwards and inside out (I exaggerate minimally) and pitting it against itself in several voices. And as a work of entertainment, it works as well as it does as a scholarly treatise.
Apocryphal tales abound concerning the fact that he hid his name (the legendary 4 notes B-A-C-H) in the final movement, and at that moment breathed his last. The truth is more mundane than that, but the fact remains that this is an unfinished work, which the performers here respectfully leave unfinished, tailing off at the exact point that the score does. Which is all to the good, in my opinion, as somehow it seems to work better like that than if someone had come along and finished it off for him.
Originally, it was not specified for what instruments The Art of Fugue was intended, so anyone interpreting it has been given a free hand. That applies with a vengeance to the ensemble who has put this little lot together - and it's an arrangement that works very well. You've got harpsichord, organ, string quartet, chamber ensemble, the lot - and each one sounds as though it *ought* to be the way it is. Don't ask me to explain - go ahead and listen to it and appreciate it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but... 27 Nov 2003
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I do agree with the other reviwers, very fine stuff, but.... it slightly irritates me that the instruments used for individual peices vary between ensemble and solo. Some are played by the wonderful combination of strings and woodwind (my favourite - the textures complement the music so well), others solo harpsichord and others again solo organ. This is a small(and probably very personal)niggle, but it's useful to know befor you buy!
In spite of this , I'd still reccomend it.
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As is well known, Bach specified no instrumentation for what James Gaines - "Evening in the Palace of Reason" - calls one of "the most sublime reaches of learned counterpoint", along with the "Goldberg Variations", "Variations on Vom Himmel hoch", and The Musical Offering.
Wanting to get to know this music better, I bought two versions, of which this was one.
I think one of the reasons why I found this the recording of choice was the fact that Sir Neville Marriner and Andrew Davis have arranged each Contrapunctus for different instrumental groups, or soloists.
This provides a range of musical colour which performances for string quartet or viols, for example, cannot.
This is not so much a weakness in other settings, merely an admission of the shortccomings of this listener.
I can now see why the likes of Frederick the Great turned against Bach: he IS difficult listening; Telemann is not.
But I know with whom I would choose to spend the evening!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true classic 22 Dec 2013
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I had this as a tape in the early 1980s, then as a CD now on my kindle. This is the one album I return to over and over again. It is exquisite. As close to the music of the spheres as the human mind can embrace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something for my desert island. 22 Jan 2013
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Creates order and symetry. Loaded with variety and a must for constant MP3 listening.Excellent value. I insist you buy this IMMEDIATELY.
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