Fuga Lynx (2016)

Bach

Flute Ensemble Lynx

"The Album “Fuga” features the Lynx Flute Ensemble performing the work of Bach (Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080, Ohne 4 Kanons). Lynx is infinitely inspirational and there is something nearly impossible in their performance of Bach's final masterpiece. This rare album concluded with the bells of the church resonating after the last hymn "I advance before the throne". Their spirit and enthusiasm to come to a cold church in Germany only to record of the music of Bach and "Fuga's Technique" was incredible. The most important quality of the album is its insight into Bach's work. All of the hardships and hard work were rewarded by listening to the achievements of this recording. 

Bach himself dies without listening to this work, but what he intended in the draft of this "fugue technique" is an eternal mystery. As there are no designations of musical instruments, it has been played in various organ versions so far, but the four flutes are particularly close to the sound of the organ and breathe more elastically (flexible, elastic) than the organ. 

So I think that Lynx use of 'Fuga's technique' can be said to be the best version of this music, an ideal performance with 4 flutes. Lynx found an interpretation of its own that is unique and obvious, a transparent persuasive score. The acoustics and bell in addition the character of the Gosse Ruth Hausen church, incorporating the latest technology (DSD 128fs, 5.6MHz in Stereo and three-dimensional Surround Sound), recorded by Seigen Ono resulted in a wonderful and magnificent album."  -- Dr. Paul Meisen

 

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Flute Ensemble Lynx

From classical works to original compositions, pop and Japanese music, Lynx Flute Ensemble keeps expressing the beauty of music beyond the genre frame. Lynx was formed in 1997 while its four members - Ritsuko Kori (Flute & Piccolo), Mami Sato (Flute & Alto Flute), Tomoko Koike (Flute) and Maiko Matsuzaki (Flute & Bass Flute) - were studying at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. 

Performing a varied repertoire using four kinds of flutes (piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute) has led to the ensemble's popularity. Lynx has enjoyed a wide range of activities including not only concerts in Japan and abroad, television appearances, radio programs and magazine coverage. 

Lynx made successful tours in Europe for 4 consecutive years and made their musical performances a classic of what is possible with a flute ensemble. Since 2008, Lynx has held the "Lynx Challenge" every year to pursue further the possibilities and enjoyment of flute ensemble music. 

Over the years, the members of Lynx have shared the same times, lived in the same era, including marriage and childbirth. And it is a rare group that promises to refine the ensemble throughout their lifetime. Today, Lynx is developing new projects incorporating illustrations and recitation, aiming for performing music that can be enjoyed regardless of age.

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Fuga Lynx (2016)

Bach

Flute Ensemble Lynx

    Bill Dodd at the NativeDSD Blog

"Bach’s Art of the Fugue. I love this music no matter what instruments are involved. Check out Lynx, a quartet of Japanese flute players, traveling to a church in Germany to record Bach’s The Art Of The Fugue (BWV 1080). What a delightful discovery this is! The album is called Fuga Lynx. I was totally enchanted by this familiar music, and how well it worked with the flute ensemble. The church recording provides a wonderful acoustic as well."

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Fuga Lynx (2016)

Bach

Flute Ensemble Lynx

Digital Converters: KORG MR-5000 X 5 Units
Mastering Engineer: Saidera Masetring, Japan, Seigen Ono, 2013
Microphones: DPA Microphones, Grace M801
Notes: No Artificial Reverb was added
Producer: Seigen Ono
Recording Engineer: Seigen Ono
Recording location: Gosseltschausener Kirche Heimsuchung Germany, 2012
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD128

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Contrapunctus 1
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Contrapunctus 2
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Contrapunctus 3
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Contrapunctus 6 in stylo Francese
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Contrapunctus 7 per Augment et Diminut
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Contrapunctus 9 alla Duodecima
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Contrapunctus 10 alla Decima
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Contrapunctus 11 a4
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Contrapunctus inversus 12a forma recta
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Contrapunctus 13a forma recta
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Contrapunctus inversus 13b forma inversa
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fuga a 3 Sogetti
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chorale - vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit
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The church bell of gosseltshausener Kirche
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