Monday 19 September 2016

UK premiere of a new completion of Bach's 'The Art of Fugue'

Final page of Contrapunctus XIV of Bach's The Art of Fugue
Final page of Contrapunctus XIV of Bach's The Art of Fugue
The German-Japanese pianist Kimiko Ishizaka will be performing Bach's The Art of Fugue at St John's Smith Square on Friday 23 September 2016, and will be giving the UK premiere of her own completion of the work. Beforehand, at 6.30pm, I will be giving a pre-concert talk about Bach's The Art of Fugue, giving some background on what we know of Bach's intentions in the final, incomplete fugue and talking about Kimiko's new completion.

Kimiko Ishizaka first performed The Art of Fugue with her own completion in Cologne in March 2016, I was there and you can read my article about it on this blog, whilst I was in Cologne I also interviewed Kimiko (see my interview). Kimiko has been slowly exploring the keyboard music of Bach. She recorded the Goldberg Variations in 2012 as part of her OpenGoldberg project, and recorded the first volume of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier for Navona Records in 2015.

Further information from the St John's Smith Square website.

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