The Art of Fugue

Making music together in small concert halls is a familiar part of the lives of those who dedicate themselves to the recorder. When this activity becomes a profession, it indicates that the participants understand that the recorder is a wonderful musical instrument for two reasons: the individual sonority of each instrument can be distinguished easily, and, moreover, it blends perfectly with that of the other instruments of the recorder family. So, it is the recorder, an apparently simple instrument that permits the performance of complex musical texts sublimely.

This recording of The Art of Fugue demonstrates Bach’s complete mastery of the most complex form of musical expression within the learned music known as counterpoint, and the complete mastery of the Quinta Essentia quartet of the art of making music with recorders.

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750) A Arte da Fuga (1749) – BWV 1080
Contrapunctus 1
Contrapunctus 3
Contrapunctus 2
Contrapunctus 4
Canon in Hypodiapason – alla ottava
Contrapunctus 5
Contrapunctus 6
Contrapunctus 7
Canon in Hypodiatessaron al roversio e per augmentationem
Contrapunctus 8, a 3
Contrapunctus 9, a 4 alla Duodecima
Contrapunctus 10, a 4 alla Decima
Contrapunctus 11, a 4
Canon per augmentationem in Contrario Motu
Contrapunctus 12, a 4: rectus
Contrapunctus 12, a 4: inversus
Canon alla Decima – Contrapunto alla terza
Contrapunctus 13, a 3: rectus
Contrapunctus 13, a 3: inversus
Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
Contrapunctus 14 a 3 soggetti
total: 81’41”