Qobuz Store wallpaper
Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Helmut Walcha - Johann Sebastian Bach : The Art of Fugue

Mes favoris

Cet élément a bien été ajouté / retiré de vos favoris.

Johann Sebastian Bach : The Art of Fugue

Helmut Walcha au grand orgue de l'église Saint Laurent d'Alkmaar (Pays-Bas)

Digital booklet

Available in
16-Bit CD Quality 44.1 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Select Audio Quality

To be elegible for this price, subscribe to Sublime+

Helmut Walcha's 1956 recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue was the first stereo outing for Deutsche Grammophon, rightly regarded as one of the crowning achievements of the blind German organist who memorized Bach's entire catalog of organ works. Walcha performs on the 1725 Franz Casper Schnitger organ at the Laurenskerk in Altmaar, The Netherlands, one of the best preserved of all Baroque organs; its soundboards, keyboard, and most of the pipes are original to the 1720s. Deutsche Grammophon didn't have a way to issue this stereo recording in 1956, but had the foresight to utilize the technology anyway, as relatively few others did at that time; the stereo LP of The Art of Fugue finally made its bow in 1960. It has always been included in the various incarnations of the big Walcha box set of Bach's complete organ works available throughout the digital era. This separate issue in Archiv Produktion's Original Masters series, Helmut Walcha -- Bach: The Art of Fugue, is published to observe the centenary of Walcha's birthdate in 1907. There are numerous recordings of Bach's valedictory masterwork and nearly as many realizations of its "open" score ranging from the harpsichord that Bach likely intended to realizations for full orchestra. Nevertheless, for a long, long time critics generally considered Walcha's recording the gold standard for The Art of Fugue, and there are compelling reasons why this performance stands apart from the rest. Walcha favored the ordering of the 1927 Bärenreiter edition of the work prepared by Wolfgang Graeser; indeed, Walcha may have attended the first public performance of The Art of Fugue, given in Leipzig in Graeser's orchestral arrangement that same year. Graeser's was the first practical performing edition of the piece, and the concern about making Bach's jumbled score musically sound in practice appears here to override any other concerns. Walcha's use of registration renders all of Bach's sometimes knotty and frequently criss-crossing contrapuntal lines in this work completely clear. As Walcha plays from memory, the emotional content of the performance is natural, unforced, and of great depth. The sound of the Original Masters issue, though analog, is not dated and almost of digital quality in itself; clearly, this master tape has not been handled much, as it comes through clear as a bell, minus the tape hiss and gritty sonics that sometimes plague Deutsche Grammophon's 1950s recordings. This two-disc package is filled out with two trio sonatas, the C major Prelude and Fugue, BWV 547; the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564; and the famous D minor Toccata, all works recorded at the same 1956 sessions that produced The Art of Fugue. Some unscrupulous record labels have taken advantage of the long period in which this recording was unavailable as a separate performance in issuing Walcha's The Art of Fugue in a cheap, inferior package derived from an LP. Don't be fooled! Archiv Produktion's release is the real deal and should be the only one listeners pursue in order to experience this historically important, and in every way remarkable, recording.
© TiVo

More info

Johann Sebastian Bach : The Art of Fugue

Helmut Walcha

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

Copy the following link to share it

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 50 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this album and more than 50 million songs with your unlimited streaming plans.

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

1
Contrapunctus 1
00:03:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Contrapunctus 2
00:03:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Contrapunctus 3
00:03:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Contrapunctus 4
00:05:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Contrapunctus 5
00:04:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Contrapunctus 6 a 4 in Stylo Francese
00:04:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Contrapunctus 7 a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
00:03:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Contrapunctus 8 a 3
00:06:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla Duodecima
00:04:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Contrapunctus 10 a 4 alla Decima
00:04:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Contrapunctus 11 a 4
00:07:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
16. Canon alla Ottava
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
00:02:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza
00:04:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Canon per Augmentationem in contrario moto - Contra- punctus, a 3
00:04:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
16. Contrapunctus, a 3 - rectus
00:02:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
16. Contrapunctus, a 3 - inversus
00:02:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
17. Contrapunctus, a 4 - rectus
00:03:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
17. Contrapunctus, a 4 - inversus
00:03:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 2

1
18. Fuga a 4 Soggetti (unfinished)
00:08:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
1. Prelude
00:05:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
2. Fugue
00:05:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Sonata No.1 In E-Flat, BWV 525 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
1. (Allegro moderato)
00:03:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
2. Adagio
00:05:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
3. Allegro
00:04:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
1. Toccata
00:05:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
2. Adagio
00:04:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
3. Fugue
00:05:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Sonata No.6 in G, BWV 530 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
1. Vivace
00:04:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
2. Lento
00:05:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
3. Allegro
00:04:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
1.Toccata
00:02:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
2.Fugue
00:06:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Helmut Walcha, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Erich Thienhaus, Producer, Balance Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1959 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Helmut Walcha's 1956 recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue was the first stereo outing for Deutsche Grammophon, rightly regarded as one of the crowning achievements of the blind German organist who memorized Bach's entire catalog of organ works. Walcha performs on the 1725 Franz Casper Schnitger organ at the Laurenskerk in Altmaar, The Netherlands, one of the best preserved of all Baroque organs; its soundboards, keyboard, and most of the pipes are original to the 1720s. Deutsche Grammophon didn't have a way to issue this stereo recording in 1956, but had the foresight to utilize the technology anyway, as relatively few others did at that time; the stereo LP of The Art of Fugue finally made its bow in 1960. It has always been included in the various incarnations of the big Walcha box set of Bach's complete organ works available throughout the digital era. This separate issue in Archiv Produktion's Original Masters series, Helmut Walcha -- Bach: The Art of Fugue, is published to observe the centenary of Walcha's birthdate in 1907. There are numerous recordings of Bach's valedictory masterwork and nearly as many realizations of its "open" score ranging from the harpsichord that Bach likely intended to realizations for full orchestra. Nevertheless, for a long, long time critics generally considered Walcha's recording the gold standard for The Art of Fugue, and there are compelling reasons why this performance stands apart from the rest. Walcha favored the ordering of the 1927 Bärenreiter edition of the work prepared by Wolfgang Graeser; indeed, Walcha may have attended the first public performance of The Art of Fugue, given in Leipzig in Graeser's orchestral arrangement that same year. Graeser's was the first practical performing edition of the piece, and the concern about making Bach's jumbled score musically sound in practice appears here to override any other concerns. Walcha's use of registration renders all of Bach's sometimes knotty and frequently criss-crossing contrapuntal lines in this work completely clear. As Walcha plays from memory, the emotional content of the performance is natural, unforced, and of great depth. The sound of the Original Masters issue, though analog, is not dated and almost of digital quality in itself; clearly, this master tape has not been handled much, as it comes through clear as a bell, minus the tape hiss and gritty sonics that sometimes plague Deutsche Grammophon's 1950s recordings. This two-disc package is filled out with two trio sonatas, the C major Prelude and Fugue, BWV 547; the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564; and the famous D minor Toccata, all works recorded at the same 1956 sessions that produced The Art of Fugue. Some unscrupulous record labels have taken advantage of the long period in which this recording was unavailable as a separate performance in issuing Walcha's The Art of Fugue in a cheap, inferior package derived from an LP. Don't be fooled! Archiv Produktion's release is the real deal and should be the only one listeners pursue in order to experience this historically important, and in every way remarkable, recording.
© TiVo

About the album

Distinctions:

Improve this page

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

On sale now...
Verdi: Messa da Requiem Mirella Freni
Adagietto Mischa Maisky
Latino Milos Karadaglic
Tea For The Tillerman Cat Stevens
More on Qobuz
By Helmut Walcha

Playlists

You may also like...
In your panoramas...
Nils Frahm, An Atypical Piano Master

Hailed by critics of classical music as well as amateurs of the electronic genre, Nils Frahm’s talent has brought harmony between the two worlds for the last ten years. Whether he plays on a church organ or a synthesiser fitted with effect pedals, the German pianist is always looking forward, and that’s what makes him so appealing.

Fabio Biondi & Europa Galante, 30 years of freedom

The Italian violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi, notably famous for his rendition of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi with his ensemble Europa Galante, is one of the musicians who actively spurns the idea of separating and compartmentalising music. We take a look back at the career of one of the most versatile and open-minded classical musicians of our time, and an essential figure of baroque violin.

The Little Tramp: The Great Composer

As the Paris Philharmonic puts on a major exhibition dedicated entirely to his career, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look back at Charlie Chaplin’s close ties with music. He may be famous as a legendary performer and director, but the man with the iconic bowler hat and cane also composed the music in his films himself.

In the news...