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Bach: The Art of Fugue

2CD
10 Feb 2017

Barcode: 0190295895174

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Other participants: Marie-Claire Alain on the Great Organ by Alfred Kern (1975) of the Église Saint-Martin, Masevaux (Haut-Rhin)

Bach’s fascination with the possibilities of counterpoint is the very essence of Die Kunst der Fuge, which the great French organist Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) performed at Alsace’s Masevaux Organ Festival in 1992. Famously and enigmatically, Bach never completed the work, and Alain respects this by breaking off the final fugue. ”Let us not forget that Bach was human too,” she wrote. “The brilliant architect and accomplished philosopher speaks and acts as a man both vulnerable and humble in the face of destiny that pursues its inexorable course.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.1  - Marie-Claire Alain 
02 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.3  - Marie-Claire Alain 
03 Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.2  - Marie-Claire Alain 
04 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.4  - Marie-Claire Alain 
05 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.5  - Marie-Claire Alain 
06 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.6, a 4  - Marie-Claire Alain 
07 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.7, a 4 per Augmentationem et diminutionem  - Marie-Claire Alain 
08 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Canon alla Duodecima BWV 1080.17 in contrapuncto alla Quinta  - Marie-Claire Alain 
09 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Canon in Hypodiapason BWV 1080.15, alla Octava  - Marie-Claire Alain 
10 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Canon in Hypodiatessaron BWV 1080.14 per Augmentationem in contrario motu  - Marie-Claire Alain 
11 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Canon alla Decima BWV 1080.16 - Contrapuncto alla Terza  - Marie-Claire Alain 
12 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.12 a 4  - Marie-Claire Alain 
13 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.12  - Marie-Claire Alain 
Disc 2 
01 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.13, a 3  - Marie-Claire Alain 
02 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.13  - Marie-Claire Alain 
03 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.9, a - alla Duodecima  - Marie-Claire Alain 
04 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.10, a 4 - alla Decima  - Marie-Claire Alain 
05 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.11, a 4  - Marie-Claire Alain 
06 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.8, a 3  - Marie-Claire Alain 
07 Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 : Contrapunctus BWV 1080.19 - Fuga a tre Soggetti  - Marie-Claire Alain 


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