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Work: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV1080

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ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeInstrumental
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ChicagoDaniil Trifonov

Brahms, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Bach

New York CityDaniil Trifonov in recital

Bach
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

AmsterdamThe Danish String Quartet: Bach and Beethoven

© Caroline Bittencourt
Bach, Webern, Schnittke, Beethoven
The Danish String Quartet

StockholmMusical Storytelling: The Eternal Traveller

Prokofiev, Milch-Sheriff, Bach, Schumann
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Omer Meir Wellber; Members of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Eli Danker

New York CityLes Violons du Roy

Vivaldi, Bach
Les Violons du Roy; Jonathan Cohen; Avi Avital
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Soulful Advent music from the Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe © Kaupo Kikkos
The Scottish Ensemble with guitarist Sean Shibe perform a thoughtful programme of ancient and modern Christmas-themed music in a candlelit St John’s Kirk.
****1
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Utterly thrilling: Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream

Prelude – Skydiving from a dream © Louise Mather
Prelude – Skydiving from a Dream from Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance: mesmeric choreographed Bach and Lutosławski with a blistering performance of Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue played from memory and on the move. Thrilling, daring and exciting.
*****
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Playful light and colour from Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Ferhan & Ferzan Onder © Ali Guler
Imaginative Bach and an exciting new work by Dobrinka Tabakova played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta with pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder.
***11
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Fantastic fugues from the Brodsky

Brodsky Quartet © Eric Richmond
The fugue made an interesting subject for the Brodsky Quartet’s concert at St Georges. The programme delved into the fugue’s cross over between eras, from Baroque, all the way to early expressionism.
****1
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Newly-minted Festival Academy Budapest

Members of the Festival Academy Budapest © János Posztós
Playing repeatedly in my mind as I walked home on 24 July was the spine-chilling orchestral performance of the "Dance of the Knights" from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in the Franz Liszt Academy’s superb Solti Hall.
***11
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