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A new free recording of Bach's final masterpiece, played by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka. Concerts in the Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall.
A new free recording of Bach's final masterpiece, played by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka. Concerts in the Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall.
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Visit Kimiko's website to download the Libre Art of the Fugue and other recordings by J.S. Bach.

What is the Libre Art of the Fugue?

This project will produce the following great things:

  • A new libre recording of J.S. Bach's Art of the Fugue (Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080), including a completion to the work composed by the pianist.
  • A concert in the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany)
  • A concert in Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall, New York, USA)
  • An OpenScore edition of Kimiko Ishizaka's completion that will compliment the OpenScore edition of The Art of the Fugue.

The recording and the score will be released with a Creative Commons license.

Who are we?

The Libre Art of the Fugue Team
The Libre Art of the Fugue Team

The team of Kimiko Ishizaka, with help from the OpenScore project, the Teldex Studio, Sound engineer Anne-Marie Sylvestre, and a beautiful Bösendorfer grand piano, have previously brought you The Open Goldberg Variations and The Open Well-Tempered Clavier projects

Kimiko Ishizaka is a German pianist, composer, and weightlifter who is on a mission to bring the music of J.S. Bach to the widest audience possible. Her breathtaking interpretations have been praised by classical music's top critics, and her previous Bach recordings have been streamed and downloaded millions of times.

Anne-Marie Sylvestre has recorded, edited, and mastered hundreds of classical recordings. Her keen understanding of Bach's music, and the excellent rapport she has with Kimiko makes her the perfect collaborator for this project.

The OpenScore project, a new initiative by the MuseScore team, extends a years-long collaboration with Kimiko Ishizaka to produce top quality digital scores of Bach's works. 

The Teldex Studio is one of the world's top recording locations. By continuing the tradition of recording at Teldex, on luxurious Bösendorfer grand pianos, Kimiko Ishizaka is steadily building the best Bach Box Set ever created, where the consistency of recording quality, sound, and piano tone will surpass any other collection ever made.

What is the money for?

Producing a top quality recording is super expensive. Here are some of the things that this campaign will pay for:

  • Renting the Teldex Studio
  • Paying Anne-Marie Sylvestre and Gerd Finckenstein, the piano technician
  • Travel and accommodations for the above
  • Rental and transportation of the Bösendorfer piano
  • Anything above the project goal will help pay for PR and marketing for the recording, and offset the financial risk of the whole project for Kimiko Ishizaka.

What is The Art of the Fugue?

Simply put, it is magical music. It is the perfect combination of heart and intellect, and if even if you're already familiar with it, Kimiko Ishizaka's recording will make you fall freshly in love with the music.

Imagine that J.S. Bach wanted to write something so intellectually impressive that you could study it for decades and still find new things. Then imagine that he also makes it beautiful, emotional, and exciting to listen to. On top of that, Kimiko Ishizaka's completion is exciting and compelling, and completely new!

Check out these articles that give good overviews:

Kimiko Ishizaka performing The Art of the Fugue
Kimiko Ishizaka performing The Art of the Fugue

When can I have it?

We're going to move fast on this project. We want to release the recording in September 2017, and the concerts are planned for October 18 (Hamburg) and November 19 (New York). The physical CD will ship by the end of the year.

Why is it called the "Libre Art of the Fugue"?

Libre means liberty, or freedom. The Creative Commons licenses that will be used for releasing the recording and score will guarantee that listeners, fans, and creators will be able to use them for any and all purposes, from day one, with complete freedom. Liberty. Libre. 

What about that fancy piano you're using?

That's the brand new Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280, a completely new design from Bösendorfer that simply blew us away when we tested it. Everybody who has heard this piano has reacted enthusiastically to its tone, dynamic range, and clarity. Kimiko Ishizaka makes this instrument sing. This will be one of the first studio recordings available featuring this exciting new model of grand piano.

Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280
Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280

Are there stretch goals?

Yes! 

At €20,000 we will release a Master Tracks version of the recording, also freely licensed, which people can use to make their own mixes and masters of the recording. Each track is a single microphone in studio quality, and you can thus gain insight into the recording process. No other studio recordings offer this!

At $25,000 we will release high quality scans of Kimiko's markings in the music, her so-called Master Key to the structure and meaning of Bach's music. Here's an example:

Excerpt of Kimiko Ishizaka's extensive analysis
Excerpt of Kimiko Ishizaka's extensive analysis

 

Risks and challenges

We have aimed to limit the risks involved with this project. The only physical goods that are being produced are the Extremely Limited Edition CD. The Teldex recording sessions have already taken place, and they were excellent. What remains is the editing, mastering, and production of the release. There is, of course, risk involved with live concerts. The pianist may get sick, travel plans can go terribly wrong, and sometimes, concerts get cancelled. Overall, however, we feel that this is the lowest risk Kickstarter project the team has proposed to date.

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