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J​.​S. Bach: The Art of the Fugue (Kunst der Fuge​)​, BWV 1080

by Kimiko Ishizaka

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stormranger67 A very sharp, clear and powerful performance of The Art of Fugue! This recording is a found treasure! Favorite track: Contrapunctus 1.
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) This album comprises a brilliant rendering of one of the most important works in the history of polyphonic music, but the main reason I've bought it is the last fugue. There's evidence that Bach actually completed it, but died while writing the final copy. Everything after bar #239 is lost. Contrary to some others, Kimiko Ishizaka's own 2:30 minutes completing the work in a most seamless way don't add the composition cycle's main theme, but process the three themes introduced before only. Favorite track: Fuga a3 Soggetti (completion by Pianist).
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podarces_fan I rediscovered Bach's Art of the Fugue with this wonderful interpretation. Really.
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The pianist who undertakes performing Bach’s final masterpiece, the Art of the Fugue, not only braves one of the most challenging and intense keyboard works of all time, but also confronts the ultimate tragedy of music history; that Bach died before finishing his most ambitious work.

This recording features a newly composed completion to the final fugue, written and performed by Kimiko Ishizaka. Bach was in the process of writing a triple fugue (three themes), with the main theme being the Germanic musical spelling of his own name (B-flat, A, C, B-natural, written B-A-C-H in German nomenclature), at the time of his death. Kimiko Ishizaka brings the triple fugue to completion using the three themes already present, and drawing on ideas, patterns, and styles found elsewhere within the piece.

The piano used for the recording is the Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280, a completely new design from Bösendorfer which has won praise for its tone, dynamic range, and clarity. The recording was made in May, 2017, in the Teldex Studio, Berlin.

The recording engineer for the recording is Anne-Marie Sylvestre. Anne-Marie and Kimiko previously worked together to record Bach's Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.

License: Creative Commons Zero (despite what Bandcamp tells you) creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Program notes by Paul Griffith - copyright 2017, all rights reserved.


released October 4, 2017

Kimiko Ishizaka, piano
Anne-Marie Sylvestre, audio engineer, editing, mastering
Robert Douglass, producer, photography
Gerd Finkenstein, piano technician
Album Cover by NASK 041
Teldex Studio
Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280


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Kimiko Ishizaka Köln, Germany

An award winning pianist, composer, and athlete, Kimiko Ishizaka brings a love and devotion to the music of J.S. Bach which will thrill purists and aficionados, and make instant fans out of first-time listeners. Her contributions to the public domain are her legacy. ... more

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