JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier I & II
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Cat No: AVI8553503
Number of Discs: 5
Release Date: 28th October 2016
WorksThe Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, BWV846-869
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, BWV870-893
ArtistsDina Ugorskaja (piano)
The pianist Dina Ugorskaja has recorded Books I & II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier within the year 2015 in co-operation with Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich. She reflects on her dialogue with Bach in an extensive interview in the two booklets referring to tempo, characteristics, form, colours, interpretation, style of playing, and many other aspects.
“… Continuity only installed itself when I was preparing the recording. Every morning, when I awoke, I thought to myself that I was about to spend another entire day with Bach – every day the same, but only apparently identical: a prelude and a fugue. And I knew that I was going to devote myself exclusively to that activity, fully concentrated. That discipline gave me a firm grounding, but also directed my gaze upwards. The idea of infinity never seemed as evident to me as when I was working on the WTC. Its intensity carried me through the day…
“One essential aspect in this project was the experience of returning to my early encounters with Bach’s music: to try to remember what it had been like when I heard it for the first time. I tried to free myself from certain clichés that had ‘gotten stuck’ in a series of interpretations. This was particularly difficult in Vol. I, since I had often heard those pieces in the hands of outstanding performers, also of students…
“Sure, I’m performing on a modern grand and I use its potential, but my intention is not to make a Steinway sound like a harpsichord or a clavichord. The modern grand is capable of evoking all those instruments, along with all the other ones that Bach’s shades of color bring to mind…
“And in this recording I occasionally try to slow things down!”
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