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Bach - Musikalisches Opfer

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Catalogue numberBIS-2151 SACD
Release date2017-10-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time72:12

Johann Sebastian Bach’s appearance on 7th May 1747 at the court of Frederick the Great is the best documented event in the composer’s otherwise unglamorous career. During the proceedings, Frederick provided Bach with an exceptionally difficult theme on which to improvise a fugue. The King is said to have been impressed with the improvisation, but Bach himself was less so, and announced that he intended to set the theme to paper ‘in a regular fugue’. Several months later the Musical Offering appeared in print – a collection of 13 pieces in diverse genres: fugues, canons and a trio sonata, all exploiting the ‘Royal Theme’ in various intricate ways.

Bach’s published score gives no firm idea about a playing order for the pieces, and in most cases no instrument-ation is specified. Furthermore, some of the canons – the so-called ‘riddle canons’ – are very sketchily notated, with just a few notes and some enigmatic clues in Latin. The performers are thus left with an unusual degree of freedom when it comes to the interpretation of the work – a freedom which Masaaki Suzuki, with his colleagues from Bach Collegium Japan, is singularly well-placed to explore. Following the Offering on this disc is another collection of riddle canons by Bach: the ‘14 Canons on the Goldberg Ground’ which were discovered as late as 1974, in the form of a hand-written addendum to the composer’s own printed copy of the Goldberg Variations. The canons are all based on the first eight bass notes of the celebrated Aria from the Goldberg Variations, and are performed here as harpsichord solos, along with the Aria. The disc closes with another chamber work however – the Sonata in G major for flute, violin and basso continuo, BWV 1038.
 
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  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079 52:57
01 Canon 1 a 2 cancrizans (hps) 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
02 Canon 2 a 2 Violini in unisono (2 vns, vc, hps) 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
03 Canon 3 a 2 per Motum contrarium (fl, vn, va) 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
04 Canon 4 a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario Motu (2 vns, vc,
hps)
01:16 $ 0.30 USD
05 Canon 5 a 2 per Tonos (fl, vn, va, vc, hps) 05:59 $ 1.44 USD
06 Fuga canonica in Epidiapente (vn, va, vc, hps) 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
07 Ricercar a 3 (hps solo) 06:12 $ 1.49 USD
08 Canon perpetuus super thema Regium (fl, vn, vc, hps) 00:59 $ 0.24 USD
09 Ricercar a 6 (hps solo) 07:27 $ 1.79 USD
10 Canon a 2 (hps solo) 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
11 Canon a 4 (2 vns, hps) 02:30 $ 0.60 USD
12 Trio Sonata: I. Largo 05:49 $ 1.40 USD
13 Trio Sonata: II. Allegro 05:57 $ 1.43 USD
14 Trio Sonata: III. Andante 03:27 $ 0.83 USD
15 Trio Sonata: IV. Allegro 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
16 Canon perpetuus (fl, vn, vc, hps) 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
 
  Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV988 (hps solo)
17 Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV988 02:25 $ 0.58 USD
 
  XIV Canons on the Goldberg ground, BWV1087 (hps solo) 08:33
18 I. Canon simplex 00:32 $ 0.13 USD
19 II. All’ roverscio 00:33 $ 0.13 USD
20 III. Beede vorigen Canones zugleich, motu recto e contrario 00:33 $ 0.13 USD
21 IV. Motu contrario e rectu 00:29 $ 0.12 USD
22 V. Canon duplex a 4 00:33 $ 0.13 USD
23 VI. Canon simplex über besagtes Fundament a 3 00:35 $ 0.14 USD
24 VII. Idem a 3 00:26 $ 0.10 USD
25 VIII. Canon simplex, il soggetto in Alto a 3 00:34 $ 0.14 USD
26 IX. Canon in unisono post semifusam a 3 00:31 $ 0.12 USD
27 X. Alio modo per syncopationes et per ligaturas a 2 -
Evolutio
00:44 $ 0.18 USD
28 XI. Canon duplex übers Fundament a 5 00:33 $ 0.13 USD
29 XII. Canon duplex über besagte Fundamental Noten a 5 01:02 $ 0.25 USD
30 XIII. Canon triplex a 6 00:36 $ 0.14 USD
31 XIV. Canon a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem 00:52 $ 0.21 USD
 
  Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1038 08:01
32 I. Largo 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
33 II. Vivace 00:59 $ 0.24 USD
34 III. Adagio 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
35 IV. Presto 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
 
  Album total 72:12
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masaaki
ViolinTerakado, Ryo
Yamaguchi, Yukie
CelloBalssa, Emmanuel
FluteSuga, Kiyomi
ViolaYamaguchi, Yukie

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