Performers:Angela Hewitt (piano, Canada)
Bach. “Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080
Angela Hewitt is one of the most known Bach pianists in the world. The Canadian pianist became famous with a cycle of Bach recordings born between 1994 and 2005, which covers all of Bach’s best-known keyboard works. However, the recording of Hewitt’s “Fugue Art” was not published until 17 October 2014.
The pianist has received numerous prestigious awards, the most notable being the Canadian Musician of the Year 1986 and the first BBC Radio3 audience Award in 2003. Among the national recognitions are the pianist’s membership in the Order of Canada and of the Order of the British Empire.
Bach’s “Art of Fugue” is comparable to an architectural building in terms of its structure and scale. The gigantic work takes the listener on a journey into the world of Baroque thought – philosophy and structure. A work was written in the late-life of J.S.Bach, and also an unfinished work is like a giant experiment in composing a monotematic work. “Art of Fugue” is made up of 14 fugues and canons written in D minor; it is an immersion in the mathematical principle of the counterpoint, which was an unusual spiritual effort on the night of the genius composer’s life. Listening to the “Art of Fugue” in its entirety can become almost a transcendental experience.
There is no intermission.