JS Bach - The Art of Fugue

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JS Bach - The Art of Fugue

Rachel Podger (violin, director), Brecon Baroque

£9.95

The ‘Brandenburg’ Concertos might be more popular, the ‘Goldberg’ Variations more dazzlingly virtuosic, the Mass in B minor more uplifting, and the St Matthew Passion more intensely expressive, but there are compelling reasons for regarding The Art of Fugue as the apex of Bach’s output, his opus summum. Though he didn’t write it on his deathbed, as is sometimes claimed, it was his last ‘big project’, perhaps intended as a final submission to Lorenz Mizler’s learned ‘Corresponding Society of the Musical Sciences’, and it sums up a lifetime’s preoccupation with cont... read more

The ‘Brandenburg’ Concertos might be more popular, the ‘Goldberg’ Variations more dazzlingly virtuosic, the Mass in B minor more uplifting, and the St Matthew Passion mor... read more

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