The Art of Fugue
Bach's swan song for string quartet and lights
A unique sensory experience of Bach's masterpiece
Bach’s Musical Offering, one of the most fascinating works in musical history, still raises questions even after countless interpretations and performances. Composed three years before his death, it embodies everything that makes Bach so captivating: magnificent music that is consummate in all parameters, hidden messages, romantic-transfigured history, enigmatic masterpieces, numerology ... and most often it is met by nebulous, apprehensive respect.
Ensemble Diderot attempts an entirely new way of liberating the work from entrenched traditions. Together with video artist Pierre Nouvel and stage designer Damien Caille-Perret, the five musicians provide new insights into the riddle canons that surround the pinnacle of the trio sonata genre. Three screens with videos that play along with the musicians in real time and an ingenious lighting concept make possible a multi-sensorial experience and complete immersion in the work.
In that the video becomes the sixth member of the ensemble and reacts to the music and the motions of the musicians, it offers new perspectives between comprehension and emotion.
Pierre Nouvel videos
Damien Caille-Perret set design
Mathieu Cabanes lights
Johannes Pramsohler violin
Roldán Bernabé violin/viola
Gulrim Choi cello
Project trailer in which Johannes Pramsohler and Damien Caille-Perret present their collaboration with video artist Pierre Nouvel.
Pieces for two violins
Concerto for flute
Johann Gottlieb Janitsch
Johann Joachim Quantz
Johann Sebastian Bach
Musicalisches Opfer, BWV 1079
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