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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22045
Recording details: May 1994
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1995
Total duration: 3 minutes 0 seconds

Fugue or Voluntary No 6 in C minor, HWV610
composer
1716/7; published 1735

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Fugue No 6 in C minor is solemn rather than desperate, perhaps even prophetic of the tragic darkness C minor acquired in the nineteenth-century symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler. This is a tonal rather than real fugue since its subject, wriggling around the fifth, answers a semitone with a minor third. Despite a luscious passage of sequential seventh chords, the rigorously logical movement preserves human dignity and rationality in the face of fickle fortune.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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