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J.S. Bach: The Art of the Fugue / Zhu Xiao-Mei, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The remarkable biography of the Chinese pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, from the re-education camps of the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Paris and her subsequent international career, gives her a unique position in the world of music. She is today one of the most significant interpreters of Bach's music. In Leipzig, where Bach held his final professional position and composed The Art of Fugue, Zhu Xiao-Mei recorded this contrapuntal masterpiece, which is for her "the absolute zenith of polyphonic art."

BBC Music Magazine, December 2014
Her performance, exploiting all the expressive potential, colours and and resonances of a Steinway concert grand, is by turns robust, sinewy, muted or airy, as she responds to the infinite shades and contrasts of what she calls the 'zenith of polyphonic art'.

International Record Review, December 2014
In her hands the austere fugal theme often grabs attention from within the texture with prominent weight (occasionally too forcibly), but this is tempered with flowing gentleness...Xiao-Mei is alert and forthright, taking the bull by the horns.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (02/2014).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742