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The Art of Fugue

Tatiana Nikolayeva , JS BACH , - Audio CD
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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: JS BACH
  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Melodiya
  • ASIN: B008CWR380
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Contrapunctus 1
2. Contrapunctus 2
3. Contrapunctus 3
4. Contrapunctus 4
5. Canon Alla Ottava
6. Contrapunctus 5
7. Contrapunctus 6, a 4, in Stile Francese
8. Contrapunctus 7, a 4, Per Augmentationem Et Diminutionem
9. Canon Alla Duodecima in Contrapuncto Alla Quinta
10. Contrapunctus 8, a 3
11. Contrapunctus 9, a 4, Alla Duodecima
12. Contrapunctus 10, a 4, Alla Decima
13. Contrapunctus 11, a 4
14. Canon Per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
15. Canon Alla Decima, Contrapunto Alla Terza
16. Contrapunctus 13, a 3 (Rectus Et) Inversus
17. Contrapunctus 12, a 4 (Rectus Et) Inversus
18. Fuga a 3 Soggetti

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T. Nikolayeva, piano

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Art... 25 Aug 2013
By B.E.F.
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The Russian label Melodiya has recently remastered Tatiana Nikolayeva's 1967 Moskva Art of Fugue and issued it on a very cute facsimilie LP CD.

The piano's timbre is exceedingly pleasing, the instrument a 1920s-vintage Bechstein.

The recorded sound is very satisfactory: closely miked, a bit dry, with a delectably small bloom.

Nikolayeva's Bach counterpoint pedigree is in direct lineage via Goldenweiser to Taneyev.

Her playing is perfectly well-balanced vis-à-vis precision, attack, and sustentation.

Inevitably comparison will be made with her superb 1992 London realization which also features her peerless readings of the two ricercari from the Musical Offering, and the four Duettos (S. 802-05).

Obviously Nikolayeva has more youth on her side here: betimes this performance unfolds with a bit of humorous wit.

Ultimately, we can only report that the intellectual landscape is far richer for Nikolayeva's art: amen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Resurgence... 11 Aug 2013
By B.E.F. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Russian label Melodiya has recently remastered Tatiana Nikolayeva's 1967 Moskva Art of Fugue and issued it on a very cute facsimilie LP CD.

The piano's timbre is exceedingly pleasing, the instrument a 1920s-vintage Bechstein.

The recorded sound is very satisfactory: closely miked, a bit dry, with a delectably small bloom.

Nikolayeva's Bach counterpoint pedigree is in direct lineage via Goldenweiser to Taneyev.

Her playing is perfectly well-balanced vis-à-vis precision, attack, and sustentation.

Inevitably comparison will be made with her superb 1992 London realization which also features her peerless readings of the two ricercari from the Musical Offering, and the four Duettos (S. 802-05).

Obviously Nikolayeva has more youth on her side here: betimes this performance unfolds with a bit of humorous wit.

Ultimately, we can only report that the intellectual landscape is far richer for Nikolayeva's art: amen.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach's Opus Magnum with a Human Touch 21 April 2013
By Miksa76 - Published on Amazon.com
This recording by Tatiana Nikolayeva dates from 1967, so it's NOT the better known version she recorded shortly before her death. I was lucky to find this reprint in a shop in Helsinki that specializes in Russian music and books.

Before this album I had the Emerson String Quartet version. It sounded somehow forced and constrained to my ears, except for the unfinished fugue, which they played quite beautifully. After sampling several recordings for different instruments I already thought that The Art of Fugue would be an overtly cerebral work, which wouldn't lend itself to an emotional interpretation like The Well-Tempered Clavier or the Cello Suites.

Well, Nikolayeva won me over. Her playing is warm and her touch is firm. While staying true to the polyphony she also lets some air blow through the strict layers of contrapunct. There are strong shifts in dynamics, as Nikolayeva's reading is equally muscular, intellectual and emotional. She doesn't aim for a neutral, "mathematical" interpretation, but regards Art of Fugue as music of expression, turmoil and emotion, not just harmony, devotion and intellect. As a result, she banishes the monotony I've heard in quite many recordings of The Art of Fugue. Several Contrapuncti, which earlier sounded to me as merely intellectual exercises, have now started to blossom in my mind. Still, this is some of the "weightiest" music ever to come from Bach's quill!

I haven't heard Nikolayeva's much-lauded later recording. Even though this one predates it by some 25 years, it's quite an experience to hear. The recording quality is amazingly good, too: there is no unnecessary reverb, not to mention humming or background noise (like the kind that bugs Richter's otherwise beautiful recording of WTC Book I). None of the nuances of Nikolayeva's playing are lost here.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Album of Bach's most Philosophical Masterpiece 6 Dec 2013
By Charles Chan - Published on Amazon.com
A very famous work by a famous artist from Russia, recorded in 1967. The total playing time is longer than the 1992 (later) version, and the playing style is more unemotional and mathematical - which might be the precise way of paying this philosophical musical masterpeice of Bach. The design of this package is beautiful and slim and the artistic cover of this album appeals more to me than the 1992 version cover (it might be just a small issue to some). However, it's not easy to locate a copy nowaday.
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