J.S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier

J.S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier

by Piotr Anderszewski Piotr Anderszewski

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Overview

There is no hint of historically oriented performance here as pianist Piotr Anderszewski performs pieces, half of them to be exact from "Book II" of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 870-893," in a way that apparently no other keyboardist, modern or historical, has ever done. There are various surprises in Anderszewski's interpretation, but the big one is that he departs from Bach's published order. He is straightforward about what he is doing, asserting in the notes that "it seems to me that [the published order] is not one in which the pieces follow each other with an emotional, musical inevitability." Anderszewski supplies his own ordering, which leaves the "C major prelude and fugue" (but not the "C minor") at the beginning and the "B major" and "minor" pieces at the end. In between are pairs in fourth- and third-related keys, building toward a somberly slow "Fugue in G sharp minor." The idea makes sense on its own terms, and Anderszewski could cite in his favor that some of these pieces were probably written much earlier than others and were roped by Bach into the final set; he didn't sit down and write them out in sequence. Anderszewski's execution is both rigorous and attractive. He perceives the works as "character pieces" and "realised the particular importance of giving each theme of each fugue a specific character." These are carried through the fugues with impressive consistency and control. Throughout, Anderszewski keeps his piano to chamber dimensions, and the variety with the overall quiet dynamic levels becomes quite absorbing. The downside is that although Bach reworked his compositions in many ways, he never did so in anything like this way, and, with a composer as systematically minded as Bach, one hesitates to fool with basic structures. Taken on its terms, however, Anderszewski's performance succeeds.


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Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2021
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0190295118754
catalogNumber: 511875
Rank: 24108

Tracks

  1. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 870 (BC L104) (WTC II/1)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  2. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 12 in F minor, BWV 881 (BC L115) (WTC II/12)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  3. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 886 (BC L120) (WTC II/17)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  4. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 877 (BC L111) (WTC II/8)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  5. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 11 in F major, BWV 880 (BC L114) (WTC II/11)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  6. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 (BC L125) (WTC II/22)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  7. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 876 (BC L110) (WTC II/7)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  8. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 16 in G minor, BWV 885 (BC L119) (WTC II/16)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  9. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 9 in E major, BWV 878 (BC L112) (WTC II/9)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  10. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 887 (BC L121) (WTC II/18)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  11. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 23 in B major, BWV 892 (BC L126) (WTC II/23)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue
  12. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 24 in B minor, BWV 893 (BC L127) (WTC II/24)

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

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