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Bach: The Art of Fugue / Helmut Walcha

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C major, BWV 547
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
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Notes & Reviews:

"I have heard The Art of Fugue played on the organ, the harpsichord, by brass ensemble and string quartet since I first heard this performance. Revisiting Walcha's performance after 50 years in the DG Archiv release has been most enjoyable. Much study has been done in the interim on performance technique and on the musical texts of this enigmatic work. But still no one has surpassed Walcha in his musical understanding of it, and no one has come close to his exquisite taste, both in phrasing and in registration. While recording techniques have improved greatly, it is still possible to recognize the great Alkmaar organ, so perfectly suited for this music. I believe this remains the best recording of this piece. It's also nice to hear the other pieces included with The Art of Fugue-it is like visiting old friends." -ARG



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
  • Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Laurens, Alkmaar, The Netherlands (09/09/1956-09/14/1956)
  • Running Time: 83 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in C major, BWV 547
  • Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Laurens, Alkmaar, The Netherlands (09/16/1956-09/17/1956)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
  • Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Laurens, Alkmaar, The Netherlands (09/17/1956-09/19/1956)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
  • Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Laurens, Alkmaar, The Netherlands (09/17/1956-09/18/1956)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
  • Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Laurens, Alkmaar, The Netherlands (09/17/1956-09/19/1956)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
  • Notes: St. Laurens, Alkmaar, The Netherlands (09/17/1956-09/19/1956)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708