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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - A Composer's Approach / Donald Freund, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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Notes & Reviews:

Composer and pianist Don Freund takes Book 1 of Bach's masterpiece and offers analysis from a composer's approach: a unique, critical eye for a series of miniatures that are typically viewed through the lens of a performer. Freund's composer-centric interpretations are presented on this 3 Disc set, and include a series of lessons that provide deeper insight into the master's works and his process of composition.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
He plays without pedal, except certain moments where he uses the sostenuto pedal to add an octave to a bass pedal point or sustain the bass to allow him to play another line in octaves and mimic a harpsichord or organ with 4-foot stops. He doesn't, as some pianists do, emphasize the fugal subject at the expense of the other voices, and as a result he gracefully reveals the polyphonic texture of the music. Perhaps best of all, he's not afraid to linger on a phrase or suddenly change tempo (faster or slower) - not to create a kind of meaningless, mannered rubato, but rather to illuminate something important about the music's compositional design: the music breathes with purpose.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ford Hall, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, B (01/2010).


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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Don Freund (Piano)
  • Running Time: 102 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern