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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000ZGKBYE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  1. The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Later Version Of The Original Print Edited By Christoph Wolff - Contrapunctus 1 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Later Version Of The Original Print Edited By Christoph Wolff - Contrapunctus 10. A 4 Alla Decima 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Later Version Of The Original Print Edited By Christoph Wolff - Contrapunctus Inversus 12.1 A 4 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Later Version Of The Original Print Edited By Christoph Wolff - Contrapunctus Inversus 12.2 A 4 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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20. The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Later Version Of The Original Print Edited By Christoph Wolff - 18. Fuga A 3 Soggetti (Contrapunctus 14) 7:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's debut on DG is his first ever Bach recording as well as his first recording of Baroque repertoire

The first recording of the mystical The Art of Fugue by a world-renowned pianist since 1982

A pre-eminent performer of modern music, Aimard brings a unique and exciting approach to Bach

Aimard is a high-profile, important performer, especially given his links to many of the great contemporary composers; his first Bach recording is certain to generate much of interest in the music press

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I put the word 'modern' in scare quotes to indicate that this is a recording on the piano that does not, however, like Feltsman, romanticize the music. What some (on the American Amazon site) may consider boring, straightforward, clinical etc. I consider to be honoring Bach's intention. Bach was writing before the onset of romantic era taffy-pulling of phrasing and his music really ought to be played that way. This is not to say that Aimard isn't a master of phrasing and certainly his ability to bring out various contrapuntal strands is virtually unmatched. As for technique and musicianship, there are few pianists playing today who are in the same league as Aimard. That's probably the reason he can, once he sets his mind to it, play such disparate music as Messiaen's 'Vingt Regards' and Bach's 'Art of Fugue' as stunningly as he does.

If you are wanting a piano version of 'Art of Fugue' and, much as I love Sokolov's version (available, in any event, only in a multi-disc set), if you only want one version this is the one to have.

Scott Morrison
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. E. M. Goulder on 13 Nov. 2014
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I recently spent much time studying three versions of the Art of Fugue, being enough irritated with a harpsichord version that I went out and bought Aimard on piano and the Emerson Quartet doing it on four string instruments. These add to the old vinyls I had from years ago of a chamber orchestral arrangement and the lean, intellectual playing of Charles Rosen on the piano, long out of the catalogue. So now I have five versions, plus the score itself, a fair portion of which I play in my own semi-competent way.

Of the five, I think Aimard and the Emerson win pretty easily.

There’s no doubt that the four string players bring out the individual voice lines far more effectively than could ever be possible on a keyboard, so, in music that is fundamentally and supremely contrapuntal, this really is the answer. The Emerson also do a lovely job of it, although I regret their acquiescing in a sentimental tradition of playing a completely irrelevant chorale at the end. They’re particularly good in the bigger fugues, and bring the unfinished one to its open end really effectively.

But I put Aimard up alongside them because he is so musical. He brings a delightful variety of touch and mood, winning me over especially to some of the canons which I had never taken too seriously – he makes the long slow one sound a counterpart to the transcendent 25th Goldberg variation, which pays a high compliment to the music. He also shapes the conclusions to the fugues handsomely, using precisely paced ritardandi to great effect when Bach himself sometimes falls a little short in preparing for the final bars.

I am unimpressed by Davitt Moroney’s harpsichord version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mhr on 21 Mar. 2014
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Since Bach did not leave any instructions about instrumentation or tempi for this unfinished work, there are a large number of recordings, using a variety of instruments. I have a number of different recorded versions - harpsichord, piano, small ensemble, chamber orchestra and string quartet. This work is austere and sombre (being written in D minor) so that I prefer listening to piano solo versions or small string versions to more colourful instrumentation that includes wind instruments. I think they can bring out the structure of the work more clearly.

I find the present recording by Aimard most illuminating. His technical proficiency is awesome, as you would expect, and the contrapuntal aspect of the work is crystal clear.

One of my favourite recordings has been a piano version by Charles Rosen, a pianist, an academic and a polymath writer, all in one. (I recommend his "Piano Notes" to lovers of piano music.) But, having been recorded in 1967, it suffers slightly inferior recording quality by today's standard. The present recording by Aimard benefits from excellent sound quality produced by DG.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok on 14 Aug. 2008
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Those who think of Pierre-Laurent Aimard primarily as the superb interpreter of Messaien or Carter only, will be pleasantly surprised hearing his Deutsche Grammophon recording. Those of us alreadly familiar with his splendid Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann recordings for Warner Classics will not be surprised with his debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon, an utterly sublime, truly revelatory account of J. S. Bach's "Art of the Fugue". Why? In one aspect Aimard is the best current student of contemporary polyphonic music for the keyboard, and he uses that knowledge to great advantage in these performances, showing utmost respect for Bach's intentions, without trying to insert his contemporary music-informed style of performance (I strongly disagree with another reviewer who finds this recording to be excessively Romantic. Having heard many of these works performed live at Carnegie Hall by him earlier this spring, they merely confirmed another strong side of his multi-faceted musical personality as a superb performing artist with a keen interest in musical scholarship too.). Without question this is one of Aimard's finest recordings, and a brilliant start to his newly cemented partnership with Deutsche Grammophon.
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