Notes & Reviews:
The Art of Fugue is a cycle of fugues and canons that can be rightfully considered the peak of J.S. Bach' s polyphonic mastery. Amazing thanks to its unsurpassed polyphonic technique, the work left a mass of mysteries and questions as to the author' s concept, its completeness, and the instruments on which it could be played. This album features the cycle as it was performed by Tatiana Nikolayeva, a recognized master of interpretation of Bach's music. In 1950, then a young pianist, she became a winner of the International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig; Dmitri Shostakovich had composed a cycle of 24 preludes and fugues especially for her. Her performance of The Art of Fugue ranks among the best-known piano interpretations of this work.