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Bach Performance on the Piano

Angela Hewitt shares the inspiration and experience behind her award-winning playing in an illustrated lecture that explains the technical and practical steps essential for performing Bach on the piano. For the first time she appears on a 2-DVD set, launched in conjuntion with her Bach World Tour which took her to all corners of the globe during the 2007-2008 concert season. In the first disc, she conducts a ‘masterclass’, discussing all the challenges, possible pitfalls and delights in performing Bach on the piano. The second disc features Hewitt live in concert. This is an unmissable release.

"Angela Hewitt’s comprehensive lecture to the camera is addressed to a very wide spectrum of potentially interested people, ranging from music lovers through teachers, amateur pianists, more accomplished ones who have not yet played Bach, to full professionals, even those who have played his music in public.” (International Record Review)

Bach: The Art of Fugue

‘Hewitt’s eloquent exposition of each fugue’s “formula”, the result of a lifetime’s immersion in Bach’s music, could hardly be bettered’ (Financial Times)

Angela’s much-awaited recording of Bach’s ultimate masterpiece, The Art of Fugue, is destined to be the crowning achievement of her Bach cycle for Hyperion (...) With decades of experience behind her, she breathes fresh air into the most complex keyboard-writing of Bach, bringing it to life with crystalline clarity and thoughtful sincerity.

'... playing of unusual distinction...This Art of Fugue is marvellous. The variety and beauty of tone alone make compelling listening, bringing contrasts, clarity and warmth to Bach’s intellectual marvels… radiant majesty and humanity' (Geoff Brown, The Times)

Bach: The Solo Keyboard Works

‘Angela Hewitt’s Bach has long been a thing of wonder’ (The Daily Telegraph)

‘Everything is right, everything is natural – this is Bach on the piano of the highest quality imaginable’ (The Guardian)

‘I know of no musician whose Bach playing on any instrument is of greater subtlety, beauty of tone, persuasiveness of judgement or instrumental command than Hewitt's is here’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘Hewitt remains today's finest exponent of Bach's keyboard music’ (Gramophone)

The Well-Tempered Clavier – New 2008 recording

Ten years ago Angela Hewitt recorded a version of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I which dazzled the critical world and record-buying public. It was followed shortly afterwards by Book II which was similarly received. Now, fresh from her Bach World Tour—in which she performed the complete Well-Tempered Clavier from August 2007 until the end of October 2008 in 58 cities in 21 countries on six continents—Angela has made an entirely new recording of this monumental work. Hear the differences for yourself!

"Playing of this ease and assurance rarely has such a profound understanding of the material. This is no mechanical journey through the cycle of keys. This is life itself." (The Observer)

Gramophone Editor's Choice
BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Record of the Month
Fono Forum Pick of the Month

Turangalîla-Symphonie

Angela Hewitt is the piano soloist on this Ondine recording (Hybrid SACD) of Olivier Messiaen's mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie, played by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. The ondes martenot soloist is Valérie Hartmann-Claverie.

"This is a performance of distinctive, evocative character, full of pertinent, dramatic incident and structured with confidence and vigour."
The Daily Telegraph

Mozart Piano Concertos Vol. 1

'Judging from this first example, it's going to be a journey as revelatory as her exploration of all the major keyboard works of Bach. It's going to be a thrilling ride.'
(The Observer, London)

'Some magical Mozart here from Angela Hewitt, who directs the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova with aplomb, zest, and most of all, style' (International Piano Magazine)

Mozart Piano Concertos Vol. 2

Angela Hewitt turns to two of Mozart’s greatest and most popular concertos for her latest album. Together with her frequent collaborators, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova and brilliant Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, she presents these works in performances which are both elegantly stylish and profoundly felt. This release is completed by a personal reflection on the music by Hewitt herself in the accompanying booklet.


Angela Hewitt (piano), Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Hannu Lintu (conductor)

Mozart Piano Concertos Vol. 3

Two of Mozart's greatest piano concertos are featured on this album in which Angela Hewitt is partnered by Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu.

Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1

This volume commences a survey of Beethoven sonatas which will couple the well known, in this case the ‘Appassionata’, with the comparatively neglected, here the grandest of Beethoven’s early sonatas, his Op. 7. The disc is completed with a performance of Op 10/3, one of the early sonatas where Beethoven can be seen breaking the bounds of convention to create the style which would define the great works of his middle period.

"Clarity, elegance, intelligence, a belief in letting the composer speak: the winner of the Gramophone Artist of the Year award parades her qualities in the first of a new Beethoven series" (The Times, London)

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Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2

This is the second in a series of Beethoven CDs by Angela for Hyperion. The programme comprises three Sonatas which she has played in public for many years: the lyrical "Pastoral" Op. 28; the famous "Pathétique"; and the virtuoso C major Sonata Op. 2 No. 3--one of the highlights of early Beethoven.

Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3

This recording, the third in the series of Beethoven piano sonatas, comprises four works from three different periods of the composer’s life. As with the two previous recordings, there was no particular plan governing their being put together, other than the inclusion of one very famous sonata (in this case the ‘Moonlight’) with others that are less often heard. The Op. 26 Sonata contains a funeral march; the Op. 10 No. 2 is a concise masterpiece of humour in music; the two movements of Op. 90 are said to be depictions of speech and song, with the second of the two sounding a lot like Schubert.

"Angela Hewitt's Beethoven is like no one else's." (International Piano Magazine)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4

Angela Hewitt presents a fourth volume in her acclaimed series of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, which has delighted her fans worldwide.

"... This disc opens with an elegant interpretation of the infrequently performed Sonata No. 11 (Op. 22), paired with a searching performance of the Sonata No. 18 (Op. 31, No. 3). The disc also includes a powerfully rendered Sonata No. 28 (Op. 101)." (The New York Times)

"Not since the great Hans Richter-Haaser has a pianist produced Beethoven playing of such trance-like purity and vision." (Julian Haylock Sinfinimusic.com)

Schumann Humoreske and Sonata Op. 11

Angela Hewitt's first recording of works by Robert Schumann will come as a surprise to many, but it is repertoire that she has lived with for several decades, ever since she was a prizewinner in the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau (Schumann's birthplace) in 1977. Both works on this CD deserve to be heard more often than they are.

"A compelling Schumann player" (Classic FM Magazine)

"unreservedly superb" (The Guardian)

Schumann Kinderszenen, Davidsbündlertänze, Sonata Op. 22

This is the second CD Angela Hewitt has devoted to the solo piano music of Schumann. On it she has included three of her favourite works: the beloved Scenes from Childhood (Kinderszenen) with the ever popular "Träumerei"; the fantastic Davidsbündlertänze which, perhaps more than any other of his compositions, shows his dual personality of Florestan and Eusebius; and the brilliant G minor Sonata Op. 22.

Schumann Piano Concerto & Opp. 92 & 134

Angela Hewitt’s recordings of Schumann’s solo piano works for Hyperion have been described as ‘revelatory … something to cherish’ (Gramophone) and ‘unreservedly superb’ (The Guardian). Now she turns her attention to the works for piano and orchestra in a magnificent release which includes the beloved Piano Concerto in A minor—one of the most treasured concertos in the repertoire—and two other works also written for Clara Schumann.

Angela Hewitt (piano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hannu Lintu (conductor)

Debussy: Solo Piano Music

Angela Hewitt’s previous forays into the French repertoire have been praised for their ‘tenderness, Gallic wit, verve, and—the most important ingredient of all—charm’. These qualities are very much to the fore in this new disc of Debussy featuring some of the composer’s most sunlit, delightful and popular works.

'An ideal introduction to Debussy… one that can be enjoyed equally by experienced listeners - thanks to the artless touch and precise colours the Canadian pianist brings to each piece' (Financial Times)

Fauré: Piano Music

Angela Hewitt’s recordings of French piano music have received the highest critical acclaim. Now she turns to a composer who is more serious and introspective, with a refinement that has led to him being relatively overlooked by performers. But in Angela Hewitt’s hands this music is an utter joy.

This album includes the major work Thème et Variations, Op 73—one of Faure’s greatest works for piano—and a selection of Valses-caprices and Nocturnes. It ends with a more radiant piece from Fauré’s youth, the earliest piece included on this recording—the Ballade pour piano seul, Op 19, dedicated to Saint-Saëns.

Piano Music by Emmanuel Chabrier

The piano music of Chabrier deserves to be better known. His Dix Pièces Pittoresques were described by Poulence as being "as important for French music as the Preludes of Debussy". Chabrier's infectious gaiety is captured on this disc which includes all of his major piano works.

"Angela Hewitt plays this refreshing selection with the same poetry, elegance and dancing touch that made her other French discs for Hyperion so special." (The Times, London)

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn

Recorded and released in the ‘anniversary year’ of both Handel and Haydn, this CD is an effusive celebration of the two composers, performed by an artist whose renditions of 17th- and 18th-century keyboard works on the piano have received the highest possible acclaim.

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE

Rameau Keyboard Suites

Following in the footsteps of Angela Hewitt's best-selling Couperin CDs for Hyperion, here is a disc of keyboard pieces by his compatriot, Jean-Philippe Rameau, who was a master dramatist. The E minor Suite contains his well-known "Tambourin".

"Her performances have a wonderfully fluid stylishness...and they are founded upon a willingness to use the full tonal resources of a modern concert grand in a way that seems to make utterly irrelevant any question of what is historically or musicologically "correct" in playing this music." (The Guardian, January 2007)

"...a revelation" (International Record Review)

The Well-Tempered Clavier (4-CD box set)

August 2007 sees the start of Angela Hewitt’s Bach World Tour in which she will bring her celebrated performances of The Well-Tempered Clavier to twenty-five countries on six continents. Concurrently, Hyperion is releasing this limited edition box set of Hewitt’s 1998-99 iconic recordings of ‘The 48’ - held by many critics to be the definitive piano version of Bach’s incomparable masterpiece.

GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE PICK OF THE MONTH AND BEST OF THE YEAR
PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE
JUNO AWARD, CANADA 1999

Bach: Keyboard Concertos

This is a re-issue in slimline double format of the two Bach Keyboard Concertos CDs that were released separately to begin with. Only a few weeks after their release, they were already in the Billboard Charts in the USA, and were named Record of the Month by Gramophone magazine. For those of you who haven't already purchased the single discs, this is the best format to have!

"A superb pair of discs" (Gramophone)

Bach: The Keyboard Concertos - 1

This CD, along with its companion second volume, contain all Bach’s concertos featuring a solo keyboard. The first volume includes the famous D minor Concerto, as well as the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto in D major.

'As always, she [Hewitt] really sparkles in the allegros, infusing the music with wit as well as technical bravura' (Sunday Times CD of the Week)

GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH

Bach: The Keyboard Concertos - 2

This is the second CD in a set that contains all of Bach’s extant concertos for solo keyboard. Four of the concertos are true solo concertos; the one in F major is Bach's own arrangement of his Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 featuring two solo flutes as well as solo keyboard.

'charismatic, effervescent, uplifting'
(Evening Standard, London)

Bach Arrangements

A choice selection of Bach Arrangements by Wilhelm Kempff, Myra Hess, Eugen d'Albert, and many others, including Angela Hewitt herself.

'A magnificent addition to both the Bach repertoire and Angela Hewitt's artistically unparallelled survey of Bach's keyboard compositions' (Fanfare, USA)

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM (SOLO OR CHAMBER), JUNO AWARDS 2002, CANADA

The English Suites

Recorded towards the end of Angela Hewitt's Bach cycle, the English Suites are large-scale, virtuoso works demanding a complete mastery of Baroque style and technique.

Another tour de force from this wonderful player' (The Independent)

'The standard of excellence Angela Hewitt has set in previous installments in her Hyperion Bach cycle continues unabated with the English Suites' (BBC Music Magazine)

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM (SOLO OR CHAMBER), JUNO AWARDS 2005, CANADA

The French Suites

This was the second release in the Bach cycle, dating from 1995. As well as the Six French Suites, which contain some of Bach's most attractive music, the double-CD includes the Eighteen Little Preludes for beginners, and the Sonata in D minor--Bach's own transcription of one of his solo violin sonatas.

'Hewitt's playing makes Bach's music live, for me, in a way that even the greatest harpsichordists do not' (The Sunday Times)

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

The Goldberg Variations

An almost "live" performance of Bach's masterpiece, and the work that Angela Hewitt performs in public all over the world.

'This is Bach on the piano of the highest quality imaginable' (The Guardian)

'In my view, she has never made a better CD. Strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

The Six Partitas

The Partitas show how Bach took the standard keyboard suite and made it into something uniquely his own. With the release of this CD back in 1997, Angela Hewitt's career began to really take off.

'Effortlessly eclipsing all competition' (Gramophone)

'Pouvait-on imaginer Bach aussi lumineux, brillant? … Un exercice 'parfait', à écouter et à réécouter pour en savourer toute la puissance, toute l'éloquence (Répertoire, France)

'For this pair of discs only superlatives will do.' (Soundscapes, Australia)

Bach's Italian Concerto and French Overture

One of Bach's most popular works, the Italian Concerto, is here presented with the French Overture, the Four Duets, and the two youthful Capriccios.

'This disc is one of the finest volumes in Hewitt’s continuing Bach cycle, with marvellous engineering to match. Highly recommended' (International Record Review)

'Hewitt's playing radiates joy, wit and profound understanding of the composer's keyboard style. This series is one of the record glories of our age' (The Sunday Times)

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The Toccatas

These early works show how Bach must have wowed his contemporaries with his improvisations and virtuoso keyboard playing. A must for any serious piano student!

'Her performances could hardly be more stylish or impeccable, more vital or refined; and, as a crowning touch, Hyperion's sound is superb' (Gramophone)

'Like the music itself, the performances brim with that improvisatory spontaneity that is the hallmark of this player’s style' (The Sunday Times)

The Inventions

This was Angela Hewitt's first CD in her cycle of Bach discs for Hyperion, recorded in 1994. She begins where Bach would have wanted to begin: with the Two- and Three-part Inventions--works that are approached by every piano teacher and student around the world.

'Performances of exemplary clarity and craftsmanship' (CDReview)

'As close to how I would choose to hear [the music] as I have yet had the pleasure of doing' (Gramophone)

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

Miscellaneous Keyboard Works of J.S. Bach

The last disc in the acclaimed series of solo keyboard works by J.S. Bach has Angela Hewitt presenting many works which are rarely played, let alone on the piano. Besides more well-known pieces such as the Fantasia and Fugue in a minor, BWV 904, and the Aria Variata, BWV 989, we have the Sonata in D major (concluding with a fugue imitating the hen and the cuckoo!), and the Partie in A major (with its jaunty Air pour les Trompettes).

"...another out and out winner from Angela Hewitt" (The Daily Telegraph, London)

'The statuesque, beautiful, and brilliantly gifted Angela Hewitt has now joined the ranks of the great interpreters of Bach's keyboard music, and
the effortless and natural readings on this and the other CDs in her cycle for Hyperion unquestionably number among the finest available. After discussion, debate - call it what you will - Angela Hewitt's recordings may be deemed unquestionably definitive'
(Fanfare, USA)

The Complete Chopin Nocturnes and Impromptus

Angela Hewitt takes a well-deserved break from her mammoth Bach and Couperin surveys to present us with this enthralling set of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes and Impromptus, recorded on her own Fazioli concert grand piano.


"What we get in many of these riveting performances is deep, raw emotion, of a sometimes agonising immediacy, all the more painful for the almost impossible beauty and elegance of its expression."
(Piano Magazine, UK)

Couperin Keyboard Music - 1

If Bach, why not also Couperin on the piano? Purists will be shocked, but Angela Hewitt makes an impressive case for it, and this disc became a bestseller!

'By turning her attention to these works, Angela Hewitt may succeed in reviving and popularising Couperin’s enchanting music as no modern-day harpsichordist has been able to do' (Gramophone)

'Of all living pianists, Hewitt makes the strongest case for hearing Bach on the piano as opposed to harpsichord. Here, she applies the same staggering technique and intellectual grasp to three suites by François Couperin ... outstanding' (The Independent)

Couperin Keyboard Music - 2

A second disc for those who were enamoured of Angela Hewitt's initial survey of the keyboard works of the great French master, François Couperin.

'In the expert hands of Angela Hewitt, François 'Le Grand' Couperin makes as easy a transition from harpsichord to piano as has Bach. The difference is that many people may - and should - now be listening to Couperin for the first time.'
(The Guardian)

'For someone of Angela Hewitt's pulling power to invite her fans so enticingly down so unfashionable a path...is brave; and it's right' (BBC Music Magazine)

Couperin Keyboard Music - 3

This is the third and final CD in Angela Hewitt's best-selling Couperin series. Here she presents the Thirteenth Ordre (with the colourful variations Les Folies Françoises ou Les Dominos), along with a selection of separate pieces from various suites, including The Nightingale in Love (14th Ordre).

"Hewitt's dynamic shading and careful ornamentation work together to produce the scintillating musical equivalent of light shining through crystals." (Toronto Star)

"The crispness and clarity of Hewitt's performances, especially her apparently effortlessly elegant ornamentation, bring these and all Couperin's other musical pictures instantly to life." (Daily Telegraph)

Piano Music of Olivier Messiaen

In this disc, Angela Hewitt shows her affinity for French piano music, presenting the early Préludes of Olivier Messiaen, along with several of his Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus and Île de feu 1 and 2.

Rarely, if ever, can Messiaen's piano music have been played with such refinement'
(Classic CD)

'A revelation' (The Scotsman)

The Complete Piano Works of Ravel

The complete solo piano works of Maurice Ravel are presented here on two discs, reminding us that Angela Hewitt plays more than just Bach!

"a magnificent survey … a treasure trove!" (Gramophone)

"second to none"
(The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Bach: Flute Sonatas

Fans of Angela Hewitt will be delighted to find her in chamber mode, accompanying Andrea Oliva (described as ‘one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of the flute’ by Sir James Galway) in a programme of J S Bach’s flute sonatas (including one by his most famous and talented son, CPE). Of unfailingly remarkable quality, all these works exploit the full potential of an instrument which was only just coming into its own when they were written. Oliva’s lyricism and agility coupled with Hewitt’s musicianship—not to mention her lifelong rapport with Bach’s music—make this an album to treasure.

Andrea Oliva (flute), Angela Hewitt (piano)

Bach Gamba Sonatas

Angela Hewitt's first chamber music CD is with the brilliant young German cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott. Both artists were brought up on the music of Bach, and their collaboration in these wonderful sonatas is a joy to hear.

Beethoven Cello Sonatas, Vol. 1

Angela Hewitt is joined by the outstanding German cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott, for her first chamber music CD for Hyperion. Beethoven's Sonatas for piano and cello are works brimming with life, with the instruments engaging in colourful dialogue. This disc contains the first three sonatas, including the one in A major, Op. 69, written when Beethoven was at the peak of his powers.

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GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

Beethoven Cello Sonatas, Vol. 2

This second volume of the Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven completes the cycle begun in 2008 by Daniel Müller-Schott and Angela Hewitt. Recorded in the stunning acoustics of the Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin, this CD includes the final two sonatas (Op. 102) which are totally different in style and construction from the earlier ones. The slow movement of the D major Sonata is one of Beethoven's most touching moments. Also on the CD are three sets of variations, which delight with their freshness and invention.

"...the two players instinctively click and the music comes across with vibrancy, sensitivity and a galvanising unanimity of purpose." (The Daily Telegraph)

"The performances have the winning freshness of rediscovery." (The Sunday Times)

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