Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier - Book II [excerpts]

 
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier - Book II [excerpts]
Piotr Anderszewski (piano)

[ Erato / Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 29 January 2021

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GRAMOPHONE Award WINNER 2021 - Piano

Piotr Anderszewski takes a characteristically creative approach to Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-tempered Clavier). Rather than recording all 48 of its prelude-and-fugue pairings, he has focused on 12 pairings from Book Two. "I decided to put the pieces together in a sequence of my own subjective choosing, based sometimes on key relationships, at other times on contrasts. The idea behind this specific order is to create a sense of drama that suggests a cycle: 12 characters conversing with one another, mirroring each other." Anderszewski's last Erato album of Bach prompted BBC Music Magazine to write: "For anyone who loves Bach (or the piano) … this life-enhancing disc is required listening.

GRAMOPHONE Award WINNER 2021 - Piano

"For this listener at least, Anderszewski's interpretations and juxtapositions have a compelling inevitability; but the other reason for the recording's success lies in his pianism. Anderszewski's flexible, responsive touch and his often slowish tempos allow a subtle suggestiveness..The whole set is beautiful from start to finish." BBC Music Magazine

"Anderszewski here poses a most intriguing question: what happens when you take a group of 12 Preludes and Fugues from Book 2 of the '48' and intermingle them? The result...is less of a box of Quality Street to be consumed slumped on the sofa and more of an invitation to a cocktail party of great sophistication. Anderszewski says in the note that he perceives them as character pieces and indeed the result has the feeling of a Baroque Carnaval." Gramophone

Tracks:

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 886

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 877

Bach, J S: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880: I. Prelude

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880 II. Fugue

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 876

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 887

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893

Piotr Anderszewski J.s. Bach Prelude And Fugue A Flat Major