J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 - Chamber Orchestra of The Saar/Karl Ristenpart
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KHCD-2011-025-2CDDL (STEREO) - J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (The Art of The Fuge, orchestral realization by Marcel Bitsch and Claude Pascal) - Chamber Orchestra of The Saar/Karl Ristenpart - Karl Ristenpart recorded Die Kunst der Fuge with the Saar Chamber Orchestra twice, in stereo; the first on October 29, 1963 for Erato which included Counterpoint 1 through7, and 12 through 16, arranged for chamber orchestra by Helmut Winschermann. The second recording, from which this transcription was derived, was recorded on June 16-19, 1966, by Club Français du Disque, and issued domestically on a Nonesuch 2-LP set. The orchestral realization was by Marcel Bitsch and Claude Pascal. Their version attempts not to "glorify" the work in an overblown 19th-century orchestration; rather, it renders the internal structure perceptible to the listener by choice of instruments. The result is clarity itself, and is beautifully played by members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Saar.