J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Juilliard String Quartet
Accompaniment/Orchestra:String Quartet
Soloists:Robert Mann, Violin
Joel Smirnoff, Violin
Samuel Rhodes, Viola
Joel Krosnick, Cello
Individual Works:The Art Of The Fugue, BWV 1080
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:S2K 45937
Year Released/Recorded:1987
Total Playing Time:100 minutes
Comments:Michael R. Marano said:

Recommended by Penguin Guide. Playing is remarkably lucid, recording very clear. TAOF seems very well suited for string quartet; all voices sing audibly, even for novice ears like mine. Excellent.

Arthur Kaye said:

I own several recordings of this work, played on different keyboards, on two pianos, and by chamber and full orchestras. This remains my favorite. The four voices layer the fugues in such a way that it is up to the listener whether to follow the intertwining lines of melodies, or blend them together. The tempos are always appropriate, and all four musicians play together as one. It is quite beautiful and stands up to repeated listenings.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael R. Marano
Date First Submitted:06/15/1996