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Arrangiamenti strumentali a cura dell'Akademie für Alte Musik - Un’opera che - inutile sottolinearne l’eccezionale statura - sebbene composta per tastiera, ha sempre ispirato i musicisti a produrne diverse strumentazioni. I componenti dell’Akademie für Alte Musik, e Stefan Mai in particolare nella cura degli arrangiamenti, hanno voluto presentare una versione di grande varietà negli impasti timbrici, alternativamente dal cembalo solo all’intera orchestra. L’ottimo risultato raggiunto abbraccia il massimo della trasparenza verso l’originale, all’insegna del pieno rispetto della leggibilità del testo e senza tradirne mai la pertinenza.
When he died in 1750, Bach famously not only left The Art of Fugue unfinished, but left no indications as to what he envisaged its instrumentation would be. It's usually assumed now that it was conceived for a keyboard instrument, but the layout of the score does not preclude a much more varied instrumentation. That is what the Akademie für Alte Musik has adopted, preserving the overall musical shape of the sequence, but regularly sharpening the contrasts between successive numbers and varying the orchestrations as widely as possible. Some of the Contrapuncti and Canons are assigned to a quartet of strings, or a solo harpsichord or organ, while others are played by a trio of oboe, tenor oboe and bassoon, with the whole ensemble coming together for the final unfinished fugue. It's sometimes a bit laboured, but never dull, and the sequence is preceded by the closing chorale from Bach's Cantata No 38, whose theme is strikingly similar to the mirror version of the main theme of the whole work. --The Guardian, Feb 2011
Musicians like teasing out the contrapuntal glories of Bach s Art of Fugue in different instrumentations, and the mix of sounds from this crack Berlin ensemble is particularly lively. Whether in solos, trios, quartets or a combined mass of 22, the players beaver away on strings, winds and harpsichord, illuminating the interwoven threads and adding useful spice to music that plays for more than an hour in the same key. The CD cover s bright abstract blocks, akin to a Mondrian painting, could not be more appropriate. --The Times
Compelling. --Sunday Tribune (Ireland)