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BACH, J.S.: Kunst der Fuge (Die) (arr. for viol quartet) (Les Voix Humaines)

BACH, J.S.: Kunst der Fuge (Die) (arr. for viol quartet) (Les Voix Humaines)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2013

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Les Voix Humaines


Voix Humaines, Les


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Atma Classiqe




Total Time - 72:27
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BACH, J.S.: Kunst der Fuge (Die) (arr. for viol quartet) (Les Voix Humaines)

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Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 (arr. Les Voix Humaines for viol quartet)

1 Contrapunctus I 2:57
2 Contrapunctus II 2:53
3 Contrapunctus III 2:37
4 Contrapunctus IV 4:39
5 Contrapunctus V 2:49
6 Contrapunctus VI a 4 in Stylo Francese 3:59
7 Contrapunctus VII a 4 per Augmentationem et Diminutionem 3:20
8 Contrapunctus VIII a 3 5:43
9 Contrapunctus IX a 4 alla Duodecima 2:55
10 Contrapunctus X a 4 alla Decima 3:34
11 Contrapunctus XI a 4 6:02
12 Contrapunctus XII a 4 1:49
13 Contrapunctus inversus XII a 3 2:08
14 Contrapunctus XIII a 4 2:21
15 Contrapunctus inversus XIII a 4 2:28
16 Canon per Augmentationem in contrario motu 5:18
17 Canon alla Ottava 2:49
18 Canon alla Decima in Contrapunto alla Terza 4:41
19 Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta 2:33
20 Fuga a 3 Soggetti (Contrapunctus XIV) 6:52
 Les Voix Humaines Ensemble

Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), one of the peaks of the Baroque contrapuntal style, also turns out to be one of the most enigmatic works in the history of music. Though composed as a series of fugues on the same subject, Bach did not specify the instruments that should play them. Les Voix humaines viol consort has recorded its own version of Bach’s unfinished final work.
Since 2001, some of Montreal’s finest gambists have regularly joined the viol duo Les Voix humaines to form the Voix Humaines Consort, which specializes in the vast 17th-century repertoire for viol consort. The regular quartet consists of Margaret Little, Mélisande Corriveau, Felix Deak and Susie Napper.
Les Voix humaines has recorded some forty discs, mostly on the ATMA label, which have received critical acclaim and prestigious awards (Diapason D’or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Repertoire-Classica 10, Goldberg 5, Classics Today 10/10, Prix Opus, etc). They include several discs with soprano Suzie LeBlanc and countertenor Daniel Taylor, a Telemann disc with renowned Belgian flutist Barthold Kuijken, a Marais disc with world famous gambist Wieland Kuijken, and Purcell’s complete Fantasias for viols. Their recording of the complete Concerts a deux violes esgales by Sainte-Colombe (4 double CDs) is a world premiere, and the fourth volume was awarded a Diapason D’or.


"... The presentation here is fairly straightfoward ... without much "arranging". Les Voix Humaines is a viol consort, so there is onsistency in their approach, without novel combinations of intruments... excellent sound..."

Ardella Crawford - American Record Guide - September - October 2013

 "... I loved it: the complete assurance of the playing, the sbsolute suitability of the viols to this music, made it an evening’s listening of great beauty.!

Robert Oliver - Early Music Review - August 2013

"...For me, true enchantment comes from Les Voix Humaines and their foundation-cracking, world-upturning take on The Art of the Fugue."
John Terauds - Musical Toronto - 19 June 2013

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