» Bach Performance on the Piano

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)
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» 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)
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» 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)
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» 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
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» 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
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» 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)
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» 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)
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» 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.
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» 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.
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» 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)
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» 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)
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» 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)
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» 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.
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» 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)
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» 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)
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» 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.
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» 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)

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» 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.

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» 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)
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