Bach: Fugues

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
Gramophone - Jed Distler
Sonically speaking, the Emersons have never sounded better on disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947774587
  • Catalog Number: 001085502
  • Sales rank: 9,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:43)
  2. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:41)
  3. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (4:07)
  4. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (2:52)
  5. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:25)
  6. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:30)
  7. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (2:19)
  8. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (3:55)
  9. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:36)
  10. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (6:21)
  11. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:29)
  12. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:43)
  13. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:46)
  14. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (1:54)
  15. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (3:02)
  16. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (2:31)
  17. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (2:15)
  18. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (3:19)
  19. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (3:09)
  20. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (4:29)
  21. 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 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Emerson String Quartet (4:03)
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