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Terrific set of Bach's keyboard works.,
This review is from: Angela Hewitt plays Bach (Complete Solo Keyboard Recordings) (Audio CD)
We had the privilege of hearing Angela Hewitt play the complete Well-tempered clavier in 2008. She played Book I completely from memory on a Thursday evening, stopping after performing 4 preludes and fugues and having a ritual glass of water. After 3 drinks, it was time for the interval.
After the interval, she played P and Fs 13-24.
It was an amazing experience to hear the whole first book played so beautifully and convincingly in one concert.
On the following day, Ms Hewitt was interviewed about Bach, interpreting Bach and her world tour. During the course of the interview, she demonstrated from the piano and chatted with Mary Kostakidis, Australian broadcaster.
Then on the Saturday afternoon following, she played Book II, breaking the program up into groups of 4 as she had done with the first book. She had the sheet music in front of her this time, but we never once noticed her glancing at it.
In this set of cds, Ms Hewitt's 2008 recording of the WTC has been included with all of Bach's other major solo keyboard works. The set is bargain-priced, and includes several recordings which we did not yet own. The price is so attractive, it was cheaper to buy the set, even though we already had copies of some of the cds, than to purchase the ones we didn't own separately.
Her liner notes are always insightful and worth reading, but are not included in the set. but they are all available at the Hyperion website. It is well worth downloading them and reading them as you listen.
We own a few recordings of Bach performed on the piano, but we find Ms Hewitt's particularly satisfying.
I highly recommend this set.