Bach, J S: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080

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Bach, J S: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080



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17th June 2013




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Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), one of the peaks of the Baroque contrapuntal style, also turns out to be one of the most enigmatic works in the history of music. Though composed as a series of fugues on the same subject, Bach did not specify the instruments that’ should play them.

Les Voix humaines viol consort has recorded its own version of Bach’s unfinished final work. Since 2001, some of Montreal’s finest gambists have regularly joined the viol duo Les Voix humaines to form the Voix Humaines Consort, which specializes in the vast 17th-century repertoire for viol consort.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 (arr. Les Voix Humaines for viol quartet)

Contrapunctus I

Contrapunctus II

Contrapunctus III

Contrapunctus IV

Contrapunctus V

Contrapunctus VI a 4 in Stylo Francese

Contrapunctus VII a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem

Contrapunctus VIII a 3

Contrapunctus IX a 4 alla Duodecima

Contrapunctus X a 4 alla Decima

Contrapunctus XI a 4

Contrapunctus XII a 4

Contrapunctus inversus XII a 3

Contrapunctus XIII a 4

Contrapunctus inversus XIII a 4

Canon per Augmentationem in contrario motu

Canon alla Ottava

Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza

Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta

Fuga a 3 Soggetti (Contrapunctus XIV)

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2013

“From the first track, they play with a distinctively French accent, incorporating enfles (swells) - something a harpsichord or piano could never achieve. Elegant, yes; Bachian, maybe not...The two-part Canons are especially well played and the final Contrapunctus 14 sublime.”

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