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A new recording of Bach’s final testament and love-letter to the art of counterpoint, performed in exemplary style by the Dutch harpsichordist.
When he died in July 1750, Bach left tantalisingly unfinished his final masterpiece, The Art of Fugue. He had been composing and compiling it during the last decade of his life, alongside several other compendious projects such as the Mass in B minor and The Musical Offering, whose fugal masterpieces are excerpted on this recording. However, The Art of Fugue remains an absorbing testimony to Bach’s genius and to his life-long love and mastery of counterpoint. A single theme is elaborated with unprecedented variety over the course of 14 fugues and four canons. One of the fugues is composed for two harpsichords – where Belder is joined by Gerard de Wit – and composed in such a way that it can be performed backwards: an extraordinary feat of ingenuity.
Playing both a modern copy of a Blanchet harpsichord and a clavichord modelled on a Friederici original, Belder intersperses canons within the sequence of fugues at strategic intervals. The recording set contains also the 4 Duetti BWV 802-805, and two Ricercares from the Musical Offering. © Brilliant Classics

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Pieter-Jan Belder

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1
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: I. Contrapunctus 1 00:03:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

2
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: II. Contrapunctus 2 00:03:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

3
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: III. Contrapunctus 3 00:03:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

4
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: IV. Contrapunctus 4 00:05:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

5
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: V. Canon alla ottava 00:04:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

6
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: VI. Contrapunctus 5 00:03:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

7
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: VII. Contrapunctus 6. a 4 in Style Francese 00:04:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

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Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: VIII. Contrapunctus 7. a 4 per augmentationem et diminutionem 00:04:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

9
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: IX. Canon alla decima in contrapuncto alla terza 00:05:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

10
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: X. Contrapunctus 8. a 3 00:05:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

11
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XI. Contrapunctus 9. a 4 alla duodecima 00:02:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

12
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XII. Contrapunctus 10. a 4 alla decima 00:04:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

13
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XIII. Contrapunctus 11. a 4 00:06:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

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Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XIV. Canon alla duodecima in contrapuncto alla quinta 00:03:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

15
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XV. Contrapunctus inversus 12(1) a 4 00:03:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

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Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XVI. Contrapunctus inversus 12(2) a 4 00:03:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

17
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XVII. Contrapunctus inversus 13(1) a 3 00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

18
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XVIII. Contrapunctus 13 inversus 13(2) a3 00:02:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

19
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XIX. Canon per augmentationem in contrario motu 00:03:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

20
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XX. Contrapunctus 14 (fuga a 3 soggetti) 00:08:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

21
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XXI. Contrapunctus 13(1) a due cembali 00:02:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

22
Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080: XXII. Contrapunctus 13(2) a due cembali 00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

23
Duetto in E Minor, BWV 802 00:02:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

24
Duetto in F Major, BWV 803 00:03:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

25
Duetto in G Major, BWV 804 00:02:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

26
Duetto in A Minor, BWV 805 00:03:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

27
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: I. Ricercar a 3 00:05:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

28
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: II. Ricercar a 6 00:08:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2019 Brilliant Classics 2019 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

A new recording of Bach’s final testament and love-letter to the art of counterpoint, performed in exemplary style by the Dutch harpsichordist.
When he died in July 1750, Bach left tantalisingly unfinished his final masterpiece, The Art of Fugue. He had been composing and compiling it during the last decade of his life, alongside several other compendious projects such as the Mass in B minor and The Musical Offering, whose fugal masterpieces are excerpted on this recording. However, The Art of Fugue remains an absorbing testimony to Bach’s genius and to his life-long love and mastery of counterpoint. A single theme is elaborated with unprecedented variety over the course of 14 fugues and four canons. One of the fugues is composed for two harpsichords – where Belder is joined by Gerard de Wit – and composed in such a way that it can be performed backwards: an extraordinary feat of ingenuity.
Playing both a modern copy of a Blanchet harpsichord and a clavichord modelled on a Friederici original, Belder intersperses canons within the sequence of fugues at strategic intervals. The recording set contains also the 4 Duetti BWV 802-805, and two Ricercares from the Musical Offering. © Brilliant Classics

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