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Bach: The Musical Offering BWV 1079 /Ensemble Sonnerie


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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Veritas
  • ASIN: B000002SQN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Fuga Canonica in Epidiapente
9. 3. Ricercar a 6
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11. Canon a 4
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13. Allegro
14. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
15. Allegro
16. Canon Perpetuus
17. (5. Ricervar a 6)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a very attractive Musical Offering, wonderfully and imaginatively played in a variety of ensembles. I've had it for years and have always found it a stimulating and compellingly varied account of a familiar and favourite masterpiece. These qualities come through despite what seems to be a rather sober, intellectual approach to a work that can stand a more overtly emotional performance. Perhaps because of this there is also a feeling of the work being treated more like a recital of pieces than as a whole work: there is less sense that the piece has a direction (or a "place to go") than many recordings. I am sure this is deliberate and perhaps stems from a desire not to impose a modern structural and emotional integrity onto the work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The old Bach would be pleased with this CD ! 23 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Musical Offering is one of the latest and most mature works from the biggest genious from the barroque, but also one of the most misterious and challenging to play. The composer himself wrote "Seek and you shall find!" in one of the canons, refering to the puzzle he has written... And with all this, every diferent recording of this work is unique. Ensemble Sonnerie has chosen to use a violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord, flute, oboe/oboe d'amore/oboe da caccia, viola and a basson to put the work together. And the result was astounding.....I had never expected to listen to a richer and more inspiring Ricercar a 6 than the one here ( with 6 instruments ). And to be completely strict to the tradition, the "original" version with harpsichord solo is executed ( most gracefull too ) in the end of the cd..... All the canons and fugues are played with great mastery and care. The sound of the recording is warm and live too... With no doubt Ensemble Sonnerie produced one of the greatest recordings of this eternal Masterpiece so far ! ( and will stay as so, for a long time, for sure ! 71 minutes of pure exitement ! Buy it now !
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent recording of this beautiful work. 11 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a lovely piece, very exciting and spellbinding. The choice of instruments for this recording is quite good and the overall sound is very warm. I cannot at all capture what the experience of listening to this work was like, it was simply amazing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sober offering 30 July 2013
By enthusiast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very attractive Musical Offering, wonderfully and imaginatively played in a variety of ensembles. I've had it for years and have always found it a stimulating and compellingly varied account of a familiar and favorite masterpiece. These qualities come through despite what seems to be a rather sober, intellectual approach to a work that can stand a more overtly emotional performance. Perhaps because of this there is also a feeling of the work being treated more like a recital of pieces than as a whole work: there is less sense that the piece has a direction (or a "place to go") than many recordings. I am sure this is deliberate and perhaps stems from a desire not to impose a modern structural and emotional integrity onto the work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
involved in the mathematics of music 16 Feb 2013
By Lynne A. Winner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It was nice recording, and it was sent promptly. I have enjoyed the album while watching the fire in the fire place.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Colorful 6 Nov 2011
By Michael S. Sluyter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I used to own and love this CD but lost it a several years ago, and had forgotten the name of the ensemble. When I decided to add the musical offering to my iTunes collection, I went searching for a good recording -- and there certainly are some -- but none satisfied me the way this one does. The use of woodwinds in the arrangements makes for uniquely colorful and interesting performances. Heterogeneous ensembles like these are well suited for Bach, because the different timbres highlight the different contrapuntal lines. One of my favorite recordings of Bach ever (and I have many). It appears to be out of print, and it's not in iTunes, but it's well worth the effort to buy a physical CD and rip it to your music library.
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