Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
KHCD-2011-025-2CDFL (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. Cover, tray and disc art are included in the download file.