[ Naxos Blu-ray / Blu-ray ]
Release Date: Friday 6 March 2020
Distinguished Bach specialist Sir András Schiff returned to the BBC Proms in 2018 to present Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Extending the variety already evident in Book I (NBD0104V) Bach's effortless brilliance and new-found sonorities push harmony and counterpoint further than ever with a combination of ancient and modern styles, church austerity and gallant lightness. Schiff has said that no-one combines the sacred and the secular as Bach does, and this is comprehensively demonstrated in Bach's fascinating and challenging sequence. This performance in the Royal Albert Hall was described as a musical meditation for our troubled times by the Independent.
"These two discs constitute The Well-Tempered Clavier's reference video version, a winning combination of the BBC's high production values and Schiff on peak form at full capacity in music that he profoundly cares about." Gramophone