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    Default I'd like me some fugues, please...

    I'm looking for new, worthwhile fugal works to listen to (toccatas, fantasias, ricercars, passacaglias, etc. are fine too). I'm aware of this massive effort, but that project aims to be an all-inclusive and complete overview, not a list of recommended repertoire.

    Compositions I already know and love are:

    Die Kunst der Fuge (J.S. Bach)
    I own a version for string quartet by the Emerson Quartet, a piano version by Pierre-Laurant Aimard and one by the Concerto Italiano conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini.

    Musikalische Opfer (J.S. Bach)
    Jordi Savall conducts Le Concert des Nations.

    Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (J.S. Bach)
    Angela Hewitt, piano.

    Toccata & Fuge (J.S. Bach)
    This is a collection of works played Ton Koopman on organ. I'm particularly fond of the "Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582"

    Prelude, Choral et Fugue (César Franck)
    Really impressed with the delightful thematic development in each of the movements. My recording is by Evgeny Kissin.

    Große Fuge, Op. 133 (L. van Beethoven)
    It seems that whenever Beethoven gets his fugue going the results are great. The "Große Fuge" is one of my favourite works, along with the fourth movement of the Piano Sonata No. 29.

    Preludes & Fugues for piano, Op. 87
    Sadly my only record of 20th century preludes and fugues. It's a recording by Jenny Lin.

    So, what do you recommend (regardless of era) based on the pieces above or do you know (better) alternative performances of the ones above (most of the Baroque pieces weren't always written with specific instrumentation in mind)?
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    Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C is one of his masterpieces.

    How about the great 5-part fugue in the the final movement of Mozart's Jupiter symphony?
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Some of my favorite fugues are in:

    Bach's toccata in e-minor, bwv914 & toccata in g-minor, bwv911
    Mozart's fantasy and fugue in c, kv394
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    There's a nice fugue in the last movement of Arthur Bliss' Colour Symphony. It didn't make the big list.

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    All the Bach organ fugues are amazing. This is my favourite:

    JS Bach Preludio e Fuga in re minore Bwv 539 Hans Fagius, orgel
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPxWY9d0Pt8[/YT]

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    Ernest Bloch Concerto Grosso 1 Finale
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQKV7...F2AB21B1F5C17A

    W.F. Bach Adagio and Fugue(Fugue at 3:55)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfV8XbfN8SM

    Alan Hovhaness Mysterious Mountain(Symphony 2, mvt. 2, "Double Fugue")(Second fugue section, more fun, at 2:21)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFk3lAJX2QI

    Wiliam Boyce(English Baroque composer)-Symphony 8 movement 1

    William Schuman(20th century american composer)-Symphony 3 movement 2

    Corelli Concerto Grosso op 6 no. 1(at 6:47)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxtO9CzF7-o

    Handel Concerto Grosso op 6 no. 1(Corelli anyone?)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtIcE...eature=related

    Tchaikovsky Symphony 3 "Polish" Finale(40:32)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oKHPBVOb5s

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    The fugues in Beethoven's Piano Sonata 31 are among my favorites (though the work itself isn't exclusively a fugue)

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    What are fugues but frivolous psuedointellectual academic strictures obscuring clarity of expression of passion and drama? A good fugue writer is a bad composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    What are fugues but frivolous psuedointellectual academic strictures obscuring clarity of expression of passion and drama? A good fugue writer is a bad composer.
    Fugues are OK as long as nobody puts them above the Gesamtkunstwerk.

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    Ahem...

    Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, by Brahms. WONDERFUL! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Fugues are OK as long as nobody puts them above the Gesamtkunstwerk.
    To the best of my knowledge, nobody does. Who could put these trifles, enslaved to form, above The Total Art?

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    Robert Schumann - Vier Fugen

    John Dowland - A Fantasia

    William Byrd - A Fancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    To the best of my knowledge, nobody does. Who could put these trifles, enslaved to form, above The Total Art?
    *raises hand*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klavierspieler View Post
    *raises hand*
    I have always found the taste of cats questionable at best.


    Gravy helps.

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    I always thought that the polka and fugue from Weinberger's "Schwanda the Bagpiper" was a hell of a thing.

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