J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Individual Works:Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Channel Classics
Catalog Number:CCS 12698
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Total Playing Time:73:05
Comments:Mark-Jan Nederhof said:

From the many different instrumentations I have heard of this intriguing music, this may be my favorite. Perhaps this is because the recorder is a relatively neutral instrument, which allows Bach's play with counterpoint to speak for itself,
and because the individual instruments mix so well but at the same time are easily distinguishable from one another.

The quality of the performance is superb. For the various contrapuncti and canons, 17 different recorders were used, including the unusual "great bass in F" specifically designed for this recording.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mark-Jan Nederhof
Date First Submitted:09/01/2000