J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Bob Van Asperen
Individual Works:The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Clavieruebung II, BWV 831, BWV 971
Praeludium, Fuge und Allegro, BWV 998/a>
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:BMG
Catalog Number:77013-2RG
Year Released/Recorded:1969/1990
Total Playing Time:1131:51
Leonhardt's thesis that the Art of Fugue is, like the Well-Tempered Clavier, music for stringed keyboard instruments is convincingly demonstrated here. The mirror fugues in particular are most musically presented.

A mezmerizing rendition dreamily played on a period harpsichord. I prefer strong, uplifting performances instead of Leonhardt's flaccid interpretation.

This is a particularly interesting (and very beautiful) recording as it is the first ever recording of the Art of Fugue on any keyboard. The recording is beautifully close, which enables you to hear the different voices with great clarity. A classic recording; should be listened more to.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Phil Faulds
  • Dan Dalthorp
  • Thomas Op de Coul
Date First Submitted:07/02/1997