J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Art of Fugue

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Davitt Moroney
Individual Works:The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMA 1951169.70
Year Released/Recorded:originally recorded released: 1985
this re-release: 2001
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 50'53
cd 2: 47'48
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

This recording is a performance of Davitt Moroney's edition of the Art of Fugue, published by G. Henle Verlag in 1989. The scholarship is outstanding and his performance is exquisite. Excellent tempos; not too fast, not too slow. The harpsichord is recorded very closely providing extreme clarity of the voices. The works are in slightly different order, which he explains in the extensive and excellent notes in the cd booklet. He performs the unfinished fugue as written, and then again with his own seemless completion. Extraordinarily beautiful and highly recommended.

Corin Stuart said:

I agree largely with what Jan has said here. I beg for a change of emphasis: with all the necessary and interesting talk of the academic side of this work I often feel the beauty of the individual contrapuncti and canons is forgotten. The solemnity, the jokes, the dances. Interestingly, when they are played with precision and scholarship, as in this recording, these aspects come to the fore. I therefore, heartily recommend this recording for its scholarship and its BEAUTY.

  • Corin StuartFrom the collection of Jan Hanford.
  • Date First Submitted:12/22/2001