I listened to all five fugues and thoroughly enjoyed them. They are all very beautiful. You have a fine articulation that brings out the voices very well. Well done!
Yes I do my very best to play these as clearly and cleanly as possible, without pedal (so far, I may need some splotches of pedal in no.6 and maybe no.7) and to bring out the voices best as I can. As if that is not hard enough, one must also bring expression and dynamics into it, which I think I did not do sufficiently in Contrapunctus 5. That one seems to sound a little monochrome. I wonder if I should redo it.
The Art of Fugue was not written for clavier, though it may profitably be studied in the piano version.
I am not sure whether or not it was written for a particular instrument or not. With music this sublime, it's almost a moot point. The KDF sounds great on any instrument, or combinations of. Paricularly on the piano
If I'm not mistaken, these fugues are "progressive", in that each fugue in succession increases in difficulty, yes?
Yeah, they do tend to get more complicated as you go. Culminating in no.7 where the theme is heard simultaneously in three
different tempi (Rectus, Augmentationem, and Diminutionem). I've never heard that anywhere else.