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Art of the Fugue

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dor
  • ASIN: B00005OADA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Contrapunctus I
2. Contrapunctus II
3. Canon Alla Ottava
4. Contrapunctus III
5. Contrapunctus IV
6. Canon Alla Decima, In Contrapunto Alla Terza
7. Contrapunctus V
8. Contrapunctus VI In Stylo Francese
9. Canon Alla Duodecima, In Contrapunto Alla Quinta
10. Contrapunctus VII
11. Contrapunctus VIII a 3
12. Contrapunctus IX
13. Canon Per Augmentation In Contrario Motu
14. Contrapunctus X
15. Contrapunctus XI
16. Contrapunctus XII: Rectus
17. Contrapunctus XII: Inversus
18. Contrapunctus XIII: Rectus (XIIIa)
19. Contrapunctus XIII: Inversus (XIIIb)
20. Contrapunctus XIV
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Comme il est précisé dans les notes accompagnant ce remarquable enregistrement des Violons du Roy, L’Art de la fugue de Jean-Sébastien Bach n’est pas, contrairement à un préjugé tenace, une œuvre purement théorique et inachevée. D’ailleurs, le plaisir que nous offre ici Bernard Labadie dépasse largement la satisfaction intellectuelle procurée par la compréhension des procédés contrapuntiques utilisés par Bach dans cette démonstration fascinante. En fait, les non-initiés comme les amateurs avertis seront comblés par cette musique pleine d’énergie, de rigueur et de majesté. L’ensemble québécois dirigé par Bernard Labadie rend admirablement justice à ce monument de l’histoire de la musique. --Dominique Olivier

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What an excellent recording! I first heard this cd on the radio and I was moved by what I heard. I decided to buy it. Bernard Labadie has transcribed the parts for string and continuo, and has also finished the Contrapunctus 14 which, I might add, sounds just like the master would've inteded. The orchestra is a modern orchestra from Canada, but they use baroque bows which enhances the Bach style. Such fluidity!
The notes for this cd are quite exceptional, as well. It gives a background to the the piece, what Bach's original intent was for this theoretical work, and some of the numeric significance that Bach was able to utilize so well!
You won't be disappointed by purchasing this cd!
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This Bernard Labadie reading of the last of Bach works is very good.

It gives us a fresh and moving view of this intriguing group of fugues 'in the name of B-A-C-H'.

The fugues are mostly arrengements for chamber orchestra interpolated with a small chamber organ and other small group of strings that delivers a clear and spacious sound, making the listening advent very interesting and creative.

I found it much better than Munchinger, that run as one of the references on this piece.

You have the samples to check on Amazon and I invite you for a carefull listening (this is not a piece just for background listening).

Highly recommendable
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xaaf54e1c) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0xaaf96a80) out of 5 stars BACH FOR THE BLOOD TO DANCE TO... Dec 20 2004
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy here give us a vision of Bach's final piece that is bracing and expansive at the same time. The Art of the Fugue, Bach's most maleable masterpiece, recives as fine a reading as there is on this disc. What less did you expect from the world's greatest recording outfit?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Dorian Recordings has never made a bad disc--but it has made more than its share of great ones.

This disc is one of the greatest.

I was surpised by the range spanned on the individual tracks of this disc. One moment we hear interesting string arrangements, the next we hear an organ (dear God, they even manage to make this most personally hateful of instruments sound beautiful). That Mr. Labadie's forces can pull this off, while never losing an over-arching cohesion is nothing short of miraculous.

The one slight gripe I have with this disc is that the tempos employed in order to achieve the cohesion mentioned above gives some of these pieces too much of a dancing/beer-hall lilt (my wife argues with me on the beer-hall part). In this sense, though they are more limited in range, the Emerson Quartet's recent release scores points if you want the Art of the Fugue to be a little more introspective.

However, if what you want is sheer beauty, look no further. This is an artful "Art of." Mr. Labadie, his ensemble, and Dorian (this disc features their typically outstanding sound) all stand to be commended.

This is a great disc.

I give it a very high recommendation.
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HASH(0xaaf96c0c) out of 5 stars For connoisseurs... Oct. 28 2013
By capezio - Published on Amazon.com
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This Bernard Labadie reading of the last of Bach works is very good.

It gives us a fresh and moving view of this intriguing group of fugues 'in the name of B-A-C-H'.

The fugues are mostly arrengements for chamber orchestra interpolated with a small chamber organ and other small group of strings that delivers a clear and spacious sound, making the listening advent very interesting and creative.

I found it much better than Munchinger, that run as one of the references on this piece.

You have the samples to check on Amazon and I invite you for a carefull listening (this is not a piece just for background listening).

Highly recommendable


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