Daniil Trifonov – Bach: The Art of Life


2 CD 

Classical Music 

Deutsche Grammophon


7 October 2021

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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Twelve Polonaises, F. 12 (No. 8 in E Minor)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata BWV147 ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’: Jesu, bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring)

Gedenke doch, mein Geist, BWV509

Gib dich zufrieden, BWV511

Menuett in A minor, BWV Anh. II / 120

Menuett in C minor, BWV Anh. II / 121

Minuet in F major, BWV Anh. 113

Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114

Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116

Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126

Polonaise in D minor, BWV Anh. II / 128

Polonaise in F major, BWV Anh. 117a

Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 125

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080 (Die Kunst der Fuge)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Rondo in C minor, Wq. 59/4 (H283)

Johann Christian Bach

Harpsichord Sonata, Op. 17 No. 5

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

Variations on “Ah vous dirais-je, Maman,” HW 12 no 2

Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel

Bist du bei mir

Johannes Brahms

Studies (5), Anh.1a / 1: Chaconne von JS Bach


Daniil Trifonov (Piano)

The centerpiece of this double album is Johann Sebastian Bach’s late masterpiece, The Art of Fugue. It reflects Trifonov’s insight into the family life and musical practice of one of the greatest composers of all time. Works by four of Bach’s sons and two Bach family favourites also feature on this recording, which includes pieces with a light-hearted dance-like quality as well as the majesty and gravity of the Chaconne in D minor.

The album begins serenely with a family portrait in the form of four charming works by Bach’s sons. Trifonov’s evocative interpretation of Bach’s Art of Fugue is grounded in the notion of the work as a cycle, a living, organic whole. This is in keeping with the inspiration he draws from nature, whether on hikes or in qigong, a form of meditation and movement that also draws on the healing energy of trees. “The tree is a good image for the overall concept of the Art of Fugue,” Trifonov says. “The theme is the trunk, the fugues are the branches, the permutations within each fugue are the leaves.” For the final Contrapunctus, which Bach did not complete, Trifonov has written a seamless, stylistically appropriate ending.

“This album is about love in many ways: romantic love, familial love, and love of the Creator.”

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Weight 2 g