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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier – 2008 recording

£33.99

In 1997-98 Angela Hewitt recorded a version of The Well-Tempered Clavier which dazzled the critical world and record-buying public. Ten years later, after her 2007-08 Bach World Tour – in which she performed the complete Well-Tempered Clavier in 58 cities in 21 countries on six continents – Angela 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)

“Her best Bach yet … not everyone can improve on the best, but it looks as if Angela Hewitt might have done just that … this is a defining moment in the performance history of the ’48’ … Hewitt’s second thoughts, enhanced by technically outstanding recording, hold me totally enthralled” (BBC Music Magazine)

“Her recording is at once airy and inexpressibly profound. It has a significance way beyond the beauty and depth of her playing. In a chaotic, Dante-esque world … Angela Hewitt, with her heart-stopping playing of Bach on this vital new recording, offers a singular voice of clarity and reason” (The Herald)

“Angela Hewitt’s Bach has long been a thing of wonder … this four CD set of both books of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier again illustrates how she can deploy the timbres and technical attributes of the piano to animate the music in the most sensitive way. Her palette of colours is judiciously chosen, her variety of touch and dynamics gauged so that each prelude and fugue has a character of its own and contributes something special to Bach’s iridescent kaleidoscope of musical invention” (The Daily Telegraph)

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE
FONO FORUM PICK OF THE MONTH

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