This edition is an interpretation of the "Art of Fugue " by the means of the wonderful Bach's orchestra, conducted by Rudolf Barshai. Its aim was the the nearest approach to the Bach's score.
"The Art of Fugue has been written with an extraordinary knowledge of the technical possibilities of ten fingers on a keyboard. The work does not only show Bach on his immense creative height, but also as the grandiose master of the keyboard."
This long-deleted Essential Classics reissue (available again courtesy of Arkivmusic.com’s on-demand reprint program) comprises the first CD remastering of two separate Bach piano releases. One disc features Rosalyn Tureck’s Bach Album, an early-1981 digital production made up mostly of short pieces, plus the Aria and Variations in Italian Style. The close-up yet warm sonics capture the full measure of Tureck’s technical specificity, subtle use of color, and micromanaged dynamics. Notice her absolute linear control in the F minor suite’s Prelude (first sound clip), or how her seemingly over-detached articulations (the seventh Italian variation) always maintain a lilting presence.
Even though Angela Hewitt's repertoire is quite extensive and diverse, encompassing the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and modern eras, her true specialty is the music of J.S. Bach, which she has recorded almost exclusively for Hyperion since the 1980s. With this recording of The Art of Fugue, Hewitt completes her long-running series of piano renditions of the solo keyboard works, and while not everyone is convinced that Bach composed this study of fugal techniques for the keyboard, Hewitt's performance is credible and satisfying. She controls the often unwieldy counterpoint by regarding the lines as if they were vocal parts, and her phrases are shaped by natural breathing points, as well as the different emotional qualities she brings to each fugue and canon. The Art of Fugue can be daunting for both performer and listener because its persistent tonality of D minor and monothematic material can be quite tedious in the wrong hands.
This set includes Leibowitz acclaimed Beethovens symphonies cycle also noted for attempting to follow very precisely Beethoven's metronome marks. Leibowitz's conducting repertoire, which spanned virtually everything, is well represented in this comprehensive 13CD set. Many recordings featured in this set are have been available only as downloads. Glorious, inspired, unique interpretations of classical masterpieces. AfterWW II, Leibowitz became one of the most sought-after conductors in Europe and his well deserved reputation is extensively represented in this set THE ART OF LEIBOWITZ.
Leonid Kogan was one of the outstanding violinst of the last century. There is a wide selection of composers and periods presented in this recital recorded in Bordeaux in 1964 and all exhibit beautiful playing. This recital has never been published before. Kogan’s unique combination of musical, intellectual and technical gifts that make him the supreme interpreter of any chosen repertoire.