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J.S. Bach: Die Kunst Der Fuge
 
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J.S. Bach: Die Kunst Der Fuge

Hespèrion Xxi, Jordi Savall
1 Jan. 2001 | Format: MP3

£13.80 (VAT included if applicable)
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5:59
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3:02
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5:56
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5:26
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5:37
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8:47
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Alia Vox
  • Total Length: 1:32:04
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  • ASIN: B0047R7DO8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,537 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
Bach's Art of Fugue is one of the summits of western music. Hesperion XX's performances of these sublime pieces contain some of the most beautiful and evocative sounds I've ever heard from period instruments especially from the wind, and brass (the cornett being particularly memorable). The whole orchestration is highly imaginative and carefully thought through.
My slight caveat is that the music is played slowly, which is usually more a fault of tradition Bach performances than the authentic style. I feel there could be more vigour in certain of the fugues (though not taken to the extreme of Reinhart Goebbels!) and the playing is at times perhaps too deliberate. Still, all admirers of this masterwork should hear it.
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Format: Audio CD
This is too leaden to be recommendable, but there are some good things in it -- for example Contrapuncti 12(a) and (b) and 4.

It sounds lovely, it's introspective. But mostly it lacks joie de vivre.

You're better off with Bach, J.S.: The Art of Fugue; A Musical Offering or Bach: Art of Fugue if you want an orchestrated version, I think.
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