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Chamber Music - Released October 1, 2018 | Aeolus

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
No need to dwell on the The Art of Fugue’s one thousand and one secrets, whether real or presumed: let’s just play it, pure and simple. For too long, many considered it had been created more so for the eyes and mind than for the ears, and what a mistake that was! Bob van Asperen proves it once again with his incredibly deep 1741 Christian Zell harpsichord. Van Asperen only plays fourteen of the definite, finalised manuscript’s “contrapuntus”, adding a canon found annotated on the same manuscript, which was itself finalised. The other contrapuntus and canons in The Art of Fugue are drafts at various degrees of revision, and it is known that a monumental triple fugue remained unfinished. As a complement, the harpsichordist had the surprising yet outstanding idea to combine Berhard Klapprott and a second harpsichord to play two mirror fugues from other manuscripts, which require a large number of playing fingers. The sound disparities between both harpsichords help the listener follow Bach’s titanic contrapuntal inventions. It’s clear this music wasn’t intended for the eyes alone… © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 2, 2001 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released April 7, 2008 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released April 6, 2009 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released April 1, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 20, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 17, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 15, 2003 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 28, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Brilliant Classics