- Andrew Rangell (Piano)
Notes & Reviews:
In the last decade of his life Bach joyfully and purposefully immersed himself in the culmination of a life's work - intending to place his own indelible stamp on the vanishing art of pure counterpoint. The Art of Fugue is Bach's final major instrumental composition, a prodigious demonstration of contrapuntal craft. This new recording features Andrew Rangell, one of the truly distinguished Bach interpreters of the present day. The Steinway label is establishing a reputation for capturing the sound of their instruments, the finest in the world, in these exceptional audiophile recordings.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Here is a sensitive and intelligent account of Bach's Art of Fugue. Rangell is a humble artist. He explains his decision to leave Contrapunctus 14 in its unfinished state in the liner notes: "Because I have neither the skills nor the disposition to attempt such a completion, I have opted (as many others have) to preserve Bach's poignant silence."
Recording information: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusett (12/19/2011-12/21/2011).
As for the four canons, each of which is also a variation on the same theme, the particularly virtuosic Canon alla ottava is a treat to listen to Ė it is equal parts energetic, intellectually stimulating, driven, and fun. Mr. Rangell demonstrates that he is up to the challenge brought about both here and in the single, double, and triple fugues that make up the work as a whole.
I enjoyed this recording very much, and do indeed recommend it for the Bach fugue lover.
Submitted on 01/02/13 by KlingonOpera
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
- Performer: Andrew Rangell (Piano)
- Notes: Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts (12/19/2011-12/21/2011)
- Running Time: 63 min. 10 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Written: by 1742