Kimiko Ishizaka

St. John's Smith Square, Smith Square, London

Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue) BWV 1080

The pianist who undertakes performing Bach’s final masterpiece, Art of the Fugue, not only braves one of the most challenging and intense keyboard works of all time, but also confronts the ultimate tragedy of music history; that Bach died before finishing his most ambitious work. For centuries, pianists have pondered what Bach had in mind when he began the final triple fugue based on the musical spelling of his name: B-A-C-H. Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka will present a new interpretation of this work, complete with her own composition of the final triple fugue.

Composer and critic Robert Hugill describes the interpretation as “powerful and strongly vivid ... remarkably engaging, flowing beautifully”

Kimiko Ishizaka’s Art of the Fugue is the third major Bach project that she has undertaken. Previous ventures include her recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (2012), and The Well-Tempered Clavier (2015), which have received overwhelming critical praise from reviewers around the world, including Gramophone Magazine and American Records Journal.

There will be a pre-concert talk with Robert Hugill at 6.30pm.