Mike Hall, Professor of Trombone at Old Dominion University and Assistant Editor of the ITA Journal has released a 2 CD collection of J. S. Bach's ART of FUGUE, BWV 1080, which includes the Contrapuncti 1 through 12. Also included in this monumental musical project are four Canons, three additional fugues and Bach's last work (unfinished), the Chorale "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit (Before Thy Throne).
Professor Hall has recorded all of the tracks himself, playing on an alto, small tenor, symphony tenor and bass Trombone.
The two disks include over 80 minutes of some of the most brilliantly conceived music ever written. Professor Hall's playing is utterly amazing. These two disks should be in every serious Trombonist's library.
This recording of the twelve Contrapuncti has used the magnificent transcriptions by Ralph Sauer. Mr. Sauer's transcriptions are available in four separate volumes or as a complete collection from Cherry Classics Music.
Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the
Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue,
the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ
works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.
Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a
revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as the supreme composer of the Baroque
style, and as one of the greatest composers of all time.