J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hermann Scherchen
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestre de Radio Beromunster
Individual Works:Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:History, International Music Company
Catalog Number:204583-308
Year Released/Recorded:recorderd: 1949
this release: 2000
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 56:08
cd 2: 42.34
Comments:Jan Hanford:

This is a different transcription than the 1965 recording and is not the allegedly offensive orchestration as described in the review for that recording.

This recording from 1949 is very enjoyable. The recording quality (mono) is not great, but it's surprisingly good. The performance is incredibly sensitive, emotional and subtle. It's performed mostly as a chamber work, with solo instruments, and sometimes the full orchestra is included. This recording is historically interesting (what a revelation is must have been in 1949!), but there are certainly other orchestrated versions that are better recorded and with lovely interpretations, e.g. Karl Ristenpart, Karl Munchinger and Janos Rolla come to mind.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/04/2002