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BACH: The Art of Life

Daniil Trifonov

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“This album is, in many ways, about love: the romantic love between husband and wife; familial love between parents and their children; and love for the Creator.”

Daniil Trifonov's new album, Bach: The Art of Life, explores the scientific, emotional and spiritual fibre of Bach's work. The exceptional Russian pianist, famous for his romantic interpretations of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, now extends his recording palette to Baroque piano music and presents an incredibly spiritual programme for Deutsche Grammophon based around Bach and his sons.

The centrepiece of the album is The Art of Fugue, one of Bach's late masterpieces written in the last ten years of his life. In the early and mid-eighteenth century - and thus before the Enlightenment - music, like other scientific disciplines, was seen as a means of expression to explain the laws of nature and thus the will of God. Consequently, the polyphonic construction of the work was a central means for the composer to musically interpret his environment. According to Trifonov, the highly spiritual character of the piece represents 'the pioneering musical realisation of Bach's personal, religious, scientific and humanistic knowledge'.
However, it is not only Bach, but also many of his descendants who make up the strength of this unique programme. Collective musical practice was an integral part of the Bach family's daily life, with each child developing his or her own style. The booklet of notes for Anna Magdalena Bach, compiled by Bach himself, summarises these personal and intimate family studies on paper, which Trifonov complements with Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach's "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman" (Ah, shall I tell you, Mama) variations, as well as works by Johann Christian, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, among others.

Trifonov, an exceptional virtuoso, succeeds in doing justice to polyphonic music with his great technical precision and total artistic commitment. His sensitive and profound understanding of Bach's philosophy and compositions is a wonderful setting for this comprehensive overview of the composer's life and musical legacy, which the performer generously offers to his listeners. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 17, No. 5 (Johann Christian Bach)

1
I. Allegro
00:03:38

Johann Christian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Presto
00:02:36

Johann Christian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12 Polonaises, F. 12 (Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)

3
No. 8 in E Minor
00:05:17

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2 Clavier-Sonaten, 2 Fantasien und 2 Rondos für Kenner und Liebhaber, Wq. 59 (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach)

4
IV. Rondo in C Minor, H. 283
00:04:46

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' (Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach)

5
Thema (Allegretto)
00:00:22

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Var. 1
00:00:17

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Var. 2
00:00:21

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Var. 3
00:00:23

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Var. 4 (Minore)
00:00:37

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Var. 5 (Maggiore)
00:00:16

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Var. 6 (Tempo di Minuetto)
00:00:45

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Var. 7
00:00:31

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Var. 8 (Schwäbisch, Non allegro)
00:00:32

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Var. 9 (Minore, Tranquillo)
00:00:35

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Var. 10 (Maggiore, Tempo I)
00:00:30

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Var. 11
00:00:23

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
Var. 12 (Alla Siciliano)
00:00:33

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Var. 13
00:00:12

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
Var. 14
00:00:17

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Var. 15 (Più andante)
00:00:49

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
Var. 16 (Tempo I)
00:00:18

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
Var. 17 (Minore)
00:00:27

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
Var. 18 (Maggiore, Allegro)
00:00:31

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
J.S. Bach: Musette in D Major, BWV Anh. 126 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
J.S. Bach: Aria "Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke", BWV 509 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:00:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
J.S. Bach: Minuet in A Minor, BWV Anh. 120 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
J.S. Bach: Minuet in F Major, BWV Anh. 113 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:02:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
J.S. Bach: Polonaise in F Major, BWV Anh. 117b (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:00:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
J.S. Bach: [Polonaise] in D Minor, BWV Anh. 128 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:03:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

30
J.S. Bach: Choral "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille", BWV 511 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Paul Gerhardt, Author - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
Petzold: Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:45

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Petzold, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

32
J.S. Bach: Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 116 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

33
C.P.E. Bach: Polonaise in G Minor, BWV Anh. 125 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:09

Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
J.S. Bach: Minuet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 121 (Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

35
Stölzel: Bist du bei mir (Formerly Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 508, Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, 1725)
00:03:29

Anonymous, Author - Marcus Herzog, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, Composer - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Frost, Producer, Mixer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Silas Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5 Studies, Anh.1a/1 (Johannes Brahms)

36
V. Chaconne (After Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach, Arr. for Piano)
00:15:00

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

37
Contrapunctus 1
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

38
Contrapunctus 2
00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

39
Contrapunctus 3
00:02:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

40
Contrapunctus 4
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

41
Contrapunctus 5
00:03:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

42
Contrapunctus 6 [per Diminutionem] in Stylo Francese
00:05:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

43
Contrapunctus 7 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

44
Contrapunctus 8
00:05:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

45
Contrapunctus 9 alla Duodecima
00:02:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

46
Contrapunctus 10 alla Decima
00:04:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

47
Contrapunctus 11
00:04:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

48
Contrapunctus [12] [rectus]
00:03:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

49
Contrapunctus 12 inversus
00:03:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

50
Contrapunctus [13] [rectus]
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcus Herzog, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sid McLauchlan, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Daniil Trifonov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

“This album is, in many ways, about love: the romantic love between husband and wife; familial love between parents and their children; and love for the Creator.”

Daniil Trifonov's new album, Bach: The Art of Life, explores the scientific, emotional and spiritual fibre of Bach's work. The exceptional Russian pianist, famous for his romantic interpretations of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, now extends his recording palette to Baroque piano music and presents an incredibly spiritual programme for Deutsche Grammophon based around Bach and his sons.

The centrepiece of the album is The Art of Fugue, one of Bach's late masterpieces written in the last ten years of his life. In the early and mid-eighteenth century - and thus before the Enlightenment - music, like other scientific disciplines, was seen as a means of expression to explain the laws of nature and thus the will of God. Consequently, the polyphonic construction of the work was a central means for the composer to musically interpret his environment. According to Trifonov, the highly spiritual character of the piece represents 'the pioneering musical realisation of Bach's personal, religious, scientific and humanistic knowledge'.
However, it is not only Bach, but also many of his descendants who make up the strength of this unique programme. Collective musical practice was an integral part of the Bach family's daily life, with each child developing his or her own style. The booklet of notes for Anna Magdalena Bach, compiled by Bach himself, summarises these personal and intimate family studies on paper, which Trifonov complements with Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach's "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman" (Ah, shall I tell you, Mama) variations, as well as works by Johann Christian, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, among others.

Trifonov, an exceptional virtuoso, succeeds in doing justice to polyphonic music with his great technical precision and total artistic commitment. His sensitive and profound understanding of Bach's philosophy and compositions is a wonderful setting for this comprehensive overview of the composer's life and musical legacy, which the performer generously offers to his listeners. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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