Bach: Fugues

Bach: Fugues

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by Emerson String Quartet
     
 
An inspired follow-up to its recording of Bach's "Die Kunst der Fuge," the Emerson Quartet's disc of fugues for four and five voices from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" is simply superb. These 21 arrangements (all by either Emanuel Aloys Förster or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), present Bach's music with a

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An inspired follow-up to its recording of Bach's "Die Kunst der Fuge," the Emerson Quartet's disc of fugues for four and five voices from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" is simply superb. These 21 arrangements (all by either Emanuel Aloys Förster or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), present Bach's music with a surprising ease and naturalness. Bach's highly contrapuntal music sounds very appropriate played on melodic instruments, and taking the fugues out of their original contexts makes them sound new and fresh. The skillful Emerson players make all of it sound strong and idiomatic. With the addition of violinist Da-Hong Seetoo in the two five-voice fugues while regular violinist Eugene Drucker moves over to second viola, these performances deserve to be heard by Bach devotees, as well as fans of the ensemble. Deutsche Grammophon's digital sound is clear, warm, and smooth.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Jed Distler
Sonically speaking, the Emersons have never sounded better on disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947774587
catalogNumber:
001085502
Rank:
15619

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Tracks

  1. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga I a 4 voci, BWV 846
  2. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga V a 4 voci, BWV 850
  3. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XII a 4 voci, BWV 857
  4. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XIV a 4 voci, BWV 859
  5. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XVI a 4 voci, BWV 861
  6. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XVII a 4 voci, BWV 862
  7. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XVII a 4 voci, BWV 863
  8. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XX a 4 voci, BWV 865
  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XXIII a 4 voci, BWV 868
  10. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XXIV a 4 voci, BWV 869
  11. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga II a 4 voci, BWV 871
  12. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga V a 4 voci, BWV 874
  13. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga VII a 4 voci, BWV 876
  14. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga VIII a 4 voci, BWV 877
  15. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga IX a 4 voci, BWV 878
  16. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga XVI a 4 voci, BWV 885
  17. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga XVII a 4 voci, BWV 886
  18. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga XXII a 4 voci, BWV 891
  19. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127): Fuga XXIII a 4 voci, BWV 892
  20. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga IV a 5 voci, BWV 849
  21. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fuga XXII a 5 voci, BWV 867

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