J​.​S. Bach: The Art of the Fugue (Kunst der Fuge​)​, BWV 1080

by Kimiko Ishizaka

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Paul Cottington
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Paul Cottington this is stunning. i have been looking for a way into classical piano and this is it. now my go to when i need a pep up or a refresh from all other music.
Team Oktopus
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Team Oktopus The kind of album that restores your faith in humanity Favorite track: Contrapunctus 7 a 4 Per Augmentationem.
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Hardo Classical composers ranked from 1 to 10:
1.Johann Sebastian Bach
2.Igor Stravinsky
3. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
4. Claude Debussy
5. Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow
6. Johannes Brahms
7.Gustav Mahler
8. Frédéric Chopin
9.Dmitri Dmitrijewitsch Schostakowitsch
10.Ludwig van Beethoven Favorite track: Contrapunctus 4.
Gabriel-Andrew Pollo Guilbert
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Gabriel-Andrew Pollo Guilbert Sounds absolutely amazing. Another great performance from Kimiko Ishizaka. Favorite track: Contrapunctus 7 a 4 Per Augmentationem.
Sal Pichireddu
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Sal Pichireddu This is a beautiful recording of one of the most mysterious compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach. Full marks for execution and sound. Favorite track: Fuga a3 Soggetti (completion by Pianist).
Roel Wegener
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Roel Wegener The awesome dynamic balance in the pieces is breathtaking. Favorite track: Canon Alla Duodecima in Contrapunto Alla Quinta.
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The pianist who undertakes performing Bach’s final masterpiece, the Art of the Fugue, not only braves one of the most challenging and intense keyboard works of all time, but also confronts the ultimate tragedy of music history; that Bach died before finishing his most ambitious work.

This recording features a newly composed completion to the final fugue, written and performed by Kimiko Ishizaka. Bach was in the process of writing a triple fugue (three themes), with the main theme being the Germanic musical spelling of his own name (B-flat, A, C, B-natural, written B-A-C-H in German nomenclature), at the time of his death. Kimiko Ishizaka brings the triple fugue to completion using the three themes already present, and drawing on ideas, patterns, and styles found elsewhere within the piece.

The piano used for the recording is the Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280, a completely new design from Bösendorfer which has won praise for its tone, dynamic range, and clarity. The recording was made in May, 2017, in the Teldex Studio, Berlin.

The recording engineer for the recording is Anne-Marie Sylvestre. Anne-Marie and Kimiko previously worked together to record Bach's Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.

License: Creative Commons Zero (despite what Bandcamp tells you) creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Program notes by Paul Griffith - copyright 2017, all rights reserved.


released October 4, 2017

Kimiko Ishizaka, piano
Anne-Marie Sylvestre, audio engineer, editing, mastering
Robert Douglass, producer, photography
Gerd Finkenstein, piano technician
Album Cover by NASK 041
Teldex Studio
Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280


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Kimiko Ishizaka Köln, Germany

An award winning pianist, chamber musician, and athlete, Kimiko Ishizaka brings a love and devotion to the music of J.S. Bach which will thrill purists and aficionados, and make instant fans out of first-time listeners. Her contributions to the public domain are her legacy. ... more

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