I need help: JS Bach's Fugue in G minor

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Starbuck
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I need help: JS Bach's Fugue in G minor

Post by Starbuck » Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:52 am

I own a CD that was purchased 15 years ago consisting of a compilation of "Bach Favorites," with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. On that CD, was an instrumental (mainly strings) variation of Bach's Fugue in G minor, both the "little" and the "great." They were both arranged by William Smith. They are, quite simply, the most moving and exquisite renditions of the fugue in G minor I have ever heard (the Organ, I think, is somewhat of an acquired taste that I have, unfortunately for me, never acquired).
Through long use, or age, this CD no longer plays. The CD is no longer made or available. I have since found a similar and acceptable version of the "little," (those seem to be in abundance), but I cannot for the life of me find a suitable replacement for the "great."
I have been to countless websites and CD stores and researched info on the fugue in g minor, but I can find nothing.
Can anyone help me? I would appreciate any comments concerning this issue.
Thank you!

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Post by premont » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:01 am

I own a recording of the g-minor fugue BWV 542 made by Stuttgart Kammerorchester conducted by Karl Münchinger and arranged by him for string-ensemble.. It was released as a Decca mid-price box ca. 2000 (Decca 5 CD 458 319-2) containing as well his Brandenburgs from 1972, his late Bach-suites, Die Kunst der Fuge from 1966 and Musicalisches Opfer from ca. 1970. All very listenable if a little bit romantic. I don´t know if it is still available.
Regards,

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Post by premont » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:01 am

Good luck.
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Post by premont » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:02 am

:wink:

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Re: I need help: JS Bach's Fugue in G minor

Post by Heck148 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:45 am

Starbuck wrote:I cannot for the life of me find a suitable replacement for the "great."
Can anyone help me? I would appreciate any comments concerning this issue.Thank you!
I'm not sure if this is the one you seek, but here it is:

Giant fugue - BMV680 - "Wir glauben all an einen gott" [We all believe in one god]

Bach Transcriptions - Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra -
RCA/BMG 09026-60922-2

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Re: I need help: JS Bach's Fugue in G minor

Post by Heck148 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:46 am

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Re: I need help: JS Bach's Fugue in G minor

Post by premont » Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:12 am

[quote="Heck148"]

I'm not sure if this is the one you seek, but here it is:
[i]Giant fugue[/i] - BMV680 - "Wir glauben all an einen gott" [We all believe in one god]
[/quote]

It is the wrong one. The "Great" g-minor Fugue is the BWV 542 organ fugue, usually paired with the great Fantasy BVW 542 in the same key. The one I referred to above. The BWV 680 is an organ chorale arrangement from Clavierübung III and not a real Fugue, Its key is not g-minor but a-minor.

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Re: I need help: JS Bach's Fugue in G minor

Post by Heck148 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:46 pm

premont wrote:The "Great" g-minor Fugue is the BWV 542 organ fugue, usually paired with the great Fantasy BVW 542 in the same key.
Stoki did record it:

Prelude and Fugue in g minor BWV 542: "Great Fugue"
(Stokowski) Philadelphia Orchestra 07/04/34
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Post by Starbuck » Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:10 pm

Excellent input--thank you guys very much. Premont--I will look into Stuttgart's work. Heck148--bmv680 is wonderful, but not the same. However, your notation of transcriptions by Stokowski feels like there should be a variation of bmv542 somewhere in his work.
I continue to search online everyday. All future suggestions and comments are welcome. (Premont--you must think it fatuous to spend so much time and energy looking for a piece that is "a bit romantic"--I guess I'm a softy :D )

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