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Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier / Angela Hewitt

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
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Notes & Reviews:

August 2007 saw the launch of Angela Hewitt's Bach world tour in which she will bring her celebrated interpretations of the 'Well-Tempered Clavier' to twenty-five countries on six continents. To coincide with the tour, Hyperion offers this deluxe boxed set of Hewitt's iconic recordings of "The 48" - which on their first release were hailed by the press as the definitive piano version of Bach's incomparable masterpiece.

'Hewitt has set a new benchmark. Her touch is admirably clear and light ... and she is uniquely attuned to Bach's supple, sprightly rhyhms. A '48' of exceptional grace and beauty. 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)

'Winner of numerous prizes, these have already become benchmark recordings, with performances of character and conviction that marry the best of old and new, using the full-range of colour afforded by a grand piano while articulating ornaments and counterpoint with astounding clarity. First-rate also are her programme notes, which are personal, informative and utterly unpretentious' (International Record Review)

'Among modern-day piano recordings of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Angela Hewitt's has long held a favored place for its stylish perception, controlled virtuosity, intelligent application of dynamics, and warm, beautifully balanced sonics ... If you missed Hewitt's "48" the first time around, don't look this gift horse in the mouth' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Bach construyó aquel impresionante monumento musical con una sensibilidad pedagógica ... Quienes atienden esta obra de arte son ahora no los aprendices, sino fundamentalmente los grandes músicos. Y este reto se lo ha planteado con estupendo resultado, por su frescura y por su intensidad y musicalidad, la pianista britá' (La Vanguardia, Spain)



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethoven Hall, Hannover, Germany (06/05/1997-06/07/1997)
  • Running Time: 108 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethoven Hall, Hannover, Germany (06/05/1997-06/07/1997)
  • Running Time: 137 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740