J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (Pure DSD)

László Borbély

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Pianist László Borbély releases his 6th album at the NativeDSD Store. The album is a Pure DSD 256 Stereo recording of Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge. It is exclusively available in Pure DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, and DSD 64 at NativeDSD.

Borbely says “Why am I attracted to such ‘insurmountable peaks’ as Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge? I have always been captivated by researching complex musical structures and the regularities of music as language. Working on such a monumental and searchingly demanding work is challenging for me primarily because it is at this level that I can confront my own limits, my own “finiteness”. It becomes evident here that we, humans, can only aim at Perfection but will never be able to achieve it. This is the reason I never feel that my interpretation is “ready”. I would even abhor the idea. Why? Because one’s approach to a work will never be and can never be final. Bach’s music is also a continually forming, changing, infinite “game”, renewing itself again and again. Bach placed musical variability into divine invariability.

Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge is a testament, which poses several unanswerable (or only partially answerable) questions in its incompleteness, and, in other aspects, giving ever-present research tasks for musicians who take on the challenge. The work is the perfection of the genre and construction of the fugue (meaning ‘running’ or ‘flight’ in Latin), Bach’s technical and structural faculties attaining their peak of complexity. Bach intended the work for the Leipzig Corresponding Society of the Musical Sciences, founded by his former pupil, Lorenz Christoph Mizler. He was a member of this body from 1747. Members were obliged to send a work each year to society and Bach wished to fulfil his obligation with this cycle in 1749. The time of composition of the work, however, is unclear, several signs pointing at Bach’s working on it from the early 1740s. It first appeared in print one year after Bach’s death, in 1751.” 

László Borbély, Pianist

Tracklist

1.
Contrapunctus 1
04:00
2.
Contrapunctus 2
02:55
3.
Contrapunctus 3
03:39
4.
Contrapunctus 4
03:09
5.
Contrapunctus 5
04:02
6.
Contrapunctus 6 a 4 in Stylo Francese
05:02
7.
Contrapunctus 7 a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem
04:07
8.
Contrapunctus 8 a3
06:25
9.
Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla Duodecima
02:29
10.
Contrapunctus 10 a 4 alla Decima
05:43
11.
Contrapunctus 11 a 4
08:41
12.
Contrapunctus inversus a 4 – Forma recta
04:00
13.
Contrapunctus inversus a 4 – Forma inversa
03:55
14.
Contrapunctus inversus a 3 – Forma recta
02:26
15.
Contrapunctus inversus a 3 – Forma inversa
02:26
16.
Canon alla Ottava
04:17
17.
Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza
04:09
18.
Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
05:14
19.
Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
04:28
20.
Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
11:21

Total time: 01:32:28

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HRES2121

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Analog to Digital Converter

Hapi, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Tom Caulfield

Microphones

DPA 4041, AEA Ribbon R88, Sony C48

Instruments

Original Recording Format

Piano Technician

Balázs Tóth

Producer

Róbert Zoltán Hunka

Recording Engineer

Gábor Halász

Recording Location

SuperSize Recording, on November 5-6, 2021

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Release Date December 21, 2021

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