Bach: The Art of Life Out Now on Deutsche Grammophon


Trifonov’s new Deutsche Grammophon album, Bach: The Art of Life, released October 8, centers on The Art of Fugue, but the double album also includes selections from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, music by four of Johann Sebastian’s sons, two pieces known to have been Bach family favorites, and much more. Trifonov even makes his own contribution; as a composer who in recent seasons has premiered both a piano quintet and piano concerto, he joins a long list of keyboard players, musicologists and conductors who have tried to remain faithful to Bach’s style while composing their own versions of The Art of Fugue’s final contrapunctus, which Bach did not live to complete. Following the album release, Trifonov tours a recital program to Berlin and Monte Carlo that includes The Art of FugueBrahms’s transcription for the left hand of the Chaconne from Bach’s D minor Partita for solo violin, and Myra Hess’s well-known “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” an arrangement of the chorale from Bach’s Cantata BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Oct 25 & 27). The pianist reprises the program in the spring in Vienna, Lyon and Lille (April 1, 3 & 8).


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