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This review is from: Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier (Audio CD)
Hewitt's set has been rightly praised for its clarity, and at this price is definitely one of the better sets of the 48 around, if you like your Bach on piano. Hewitt uses the dynamics of the piano subtly but effectively, and has a wonderful way of bringing out the inner voices and the contrapuntal qualities. Great value for money too.
BUT, I don't feel a huge emotional engagement. This is Bach as music for the mind, but most of the time Bach writes for the heart and the feet as well. In particular I miss the sense of dance which is never far away from Bach's rhythms. Kenneth Gilbert on harpsichord for DG Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier IBach - The Well-Tempered Clavier IIremains my favourite, and for piano, call me an old ham, but Richter's "romantic", reverberant, totally committed recording on RCABach - The Well-tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2 is spell-binding, if not for purists.