J S Bach - The Art of Fugue (LP)
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Cat No: ACC40308
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 2nd March 2015
ArtistsZhu Xiao-Mei (piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach plays a key role in Zhu Xiao-Mei's life she is today one of the most significant interpreters of his music.
The remarkable biography of this celebrated pianist gives her a unique position in the world of music. Her life has taken her from the re-education camps of the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Paris, where her international career as a pianist began rather late, but for that all the more successful.
In Leipzig, where Bach held his final professional position and where he composed The Art of Fugue, Zhu Xiao-Mei recorded this contrapuntal masterpiece, which is for her the absolute zenith of polyphonic art. As she says, The Art of Fugue exercises a total fascination on you. Its like a magnet: you cant detach yourself from it. It is music that opens the gates to an infinite world where time no longer exists; a world where beauty and peace reign supreme, detached from all earthly contingencies.
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