Johann Sebastian Bach, Filippo Gorini

At the 2020 Montreal Bach Festival, Filippo Gorini performed The art of running away, from Turin, within the framework of the National Cinema Museum, the camera inviting us to a guided tour. Alas! the visual aspect distracted our attention from a work that required the highest concentration, and Internet broadcasting was fraught with jumps and blackouts. We hoped that delayed listening would restore this approach to its essence. Hope fulfilled. In this Berlin audio recording from September 2020, the absence of images refocuses our attention. This is important, because Gorini associates, in the libretto, a narrative framework to his approach. Why ? “The idea that [l’œuvre] should be considered only as a purely theoretical jewel is erroneous ”, affirms the pianist who couples“ formal complexity ”and“ emotional tension ”. In fact, Contrapunctus X pushes us into another world. We follow with growing fascination the conduct of the phrases of the pianist, to the point of cursing having to change records.

Johann Sebastian Bach

★★★★ 1/2

Classic

L’Art de la fugue, Filippo Gorini (piano), Alpha, 2 CD, 755

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