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Chinese-French pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei is something of a Bach specialist, and her wonderful recording of Bach's swan song, Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (The Art of the Fugue, not "the art of fugue" as it is translated here), is something of a summation of her work in the field. Zhu has few competitors nowadays in fully pianistic, Steinway grand interpretations, and her reading can stand comparison with the great piano versions of the past. She balances on the knife edge, making use of the full capabilities of the piano but not taking Bach a step out of his era. Zhu carefully builds up the work's macro structure, emphasizing the step-by-step development of the work's basic fugal material with piano articulation. As the great set of fugues proceeds, she introduces more expressive shading and complexity, in parallel with the mind-boggling developments in the music itself, and the final quadruple fugue, breaking off at the point of Bach's death, seems almost to break on through to the other side. The recording was made at Bach's own workplace: Leipzig's Thomaskirche. This is perhaps not where such a chamber work would have originally been performed, but the location adds an indefinable layer to the performance, perhaps one associated with the player's own reaction to the space. This is a recording that will continue to be richly rewarding over many hearings.
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Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Contrapunctus I
00:02:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Contrapunctus II
00:02:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Contrapunctus III
00:02:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Contrapunctus IV
00:03:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Canon alla decima in contrapunto alla terza
00:04:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

6
Contrapunctus V
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Canon in hypodiapason
00:02:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

8
Contrapunctus VI
00:04:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

9
Contrapunctus VII
00:03:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

10
Canon alla duodecima in contrapunto alla quinta
00:01:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

11
Contrapunctus VIII
00:05:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

12
Contrapunctus IX
00:02:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

13
Contrapunctus X
00:04:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Contrapunctus XI
00:05:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

15
Canon per augmentationem in contrario motu
00:04:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

16
Contrapunctus XII. Rectus
00:02:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

17
Contrapunctus XII. Inversus
00:02:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

18
Contrapunctus XIII. Inversus
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

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Contrapunctus XIII. Rectus
00:02:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

20
Contrapunctus XIV
00:08:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Zhu Xiao-Mei, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Accentus Music (P) 2015 Accentus Music

Album Description

Chinese-French pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei is something of a Bach specialist, and her wonderful recording of Bach's swan song, Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (The Art of the Fugue, not "the art of fugue" as it is translated here), is something of a summation of her work in the field. Zhu has few competitors nowadays in fully pianistic, Steinway grand interpretations, and her reading can stand comparison with the great piano versions of the past. She balances on the knife edge, making use of the full capabilities of the piano but not taking Bach a step out of his era. Zhu carefully builds up the work's macro structure, emphasizing the step-by-step development of the work's basic fugal material with piano articulation. As the great set of fugues proceeds, she introduces more expressive shading and complexity, in parallel with the mind-boggling developments in the music itself, and the final quadruple fugue, breaking off at the point of Bach's death, seems almost to break on through to the other side. The recording was made at Bach's own workplace: Leipzig's Thomaskirche. This is perhaps not where such a chamber work would have originally been performed, but the location adds an indefinable layer to the performance, perhaps one associated with the player's own reaction to the space. This is a recording that will continue to be richly rewarding over many hearings.
© TiVo

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