The Touch of Fugue Unamas String Quintet

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Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Unamas String Quintet

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Toccata-Fugue BWV 565:
  • 1Bach: Toccata-Fugue BWV 56509:20
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Adagio-Fugue k 546:
  • 2Mozart: Adagio-Fugue k 54606:30
  • Dimitri Shotakovski (1906 - 1975): Strings Quartete No. 8:
  • 3Shotakovski: Strings Quartet No. 8 mov-0104:39
  • 4Shotakovski: Strings Quartet No. 8 mov-0202:58
  • 5Shotakovski: Strings Quartet No. 8 mov-0304:24
  • 6Shotakovski: Strings Quartet No. 8 mov-0405:32
  • 7Shotakovski: Strings Quartet No. 8 mov-0503:38
  • 8Shotakovski: Strings Quartet No. 8 mov-all21:13
  • Total Runtime58:14

Info for The Touch of Fugue

The album is a collection of gems that consist only of award-winning works of Professional Music Recording Award of Japan ‒ the most prestigious professional musical recording award in Japan ‒ and is a portfolio released by UNAMAS, the music label which has been releasing high quality works since 2007.

For this album, we have chosen the following compositions, which feature three composers and incorporate the Fugue structure in their compositions.

M-01 J.S Bach Toccata-Fugue BWV 565: This is an organ piece, but with a score arranged by Jun Tajiri for the UNAMAS Strings Quintet. The piece opens with a toccata section followed by a fugue that ends in a coda, and is largely typical of the north German organ school of the Baroque era.

Audio icon Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, as arranged and performed by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra for the soundtrack of Fantasia.

M-02 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio-Fugue K546: is a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for strings. Mozart entered it into his own work catalogue on 26 June 1788 in Vienna as "A short Adagio for two violins, viola and bass, for a fugue which I wrote some time ago for two Pianos. The work is in two sections:

Adagio Fuga (Allegro)

In modern times, the work is typically played for string quartet, though, a few recordings can be found using the interpreted orchestral version.

M-03 Dmitri Shostakovich Strings Quartet No-8:

The is in five interconnected movements:

M-03 MOV-01 Largo 4’39” M-04 MOV-02 Allegro molto 2’58” M-05 MOV-03 Allegretto 4’24” M-06 MOV-04 Largo 5’32” M-07 MOV-05 Largo 3’38”

The first movement opens with the DSCH motif – Shostakovich's musical signature. The motif is used in every movement of this quartet, and is the basis of the faster theme of the third movement.

UNAMAS Strings Quintet:
Jun Tajiri, 1st violin
Shiori Takeda, 2nd violin
Atsuko Aoki, viola
Mariko Fukuzaki, cello
Ippei Kitamura, double bass

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Booklet for The Touch of Fugue

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