JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier
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Label: First Hand Records
Cat No: FHR065
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 27th July 2018
WorksThe Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, BWV846-869
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, BWV870-893
ArtistsAlexandra Papastefanou (piano)
One of the greatest achievements in musical composition history, The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach, is a collection of two sets of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys. It seems both books, composed two decades apart, were written primarily for educative personal and private use in the home – probably to be played on the intimate clavichord.
Alexandra Papastefanou graduated from Athens Conservatoire, where she studied piano under Aliki Vatikioti. She followed her studies with Olga Zhukova at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, with Peter Solymos, at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and, on a scholarship from the Alexander Onassis Foundation, at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, USA, with the highly influencial teacher Gyorgy Sebok. She has also taken lessons from Alfred Brendel.
Papastefanou was a finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland and received the Liebstoeckl and Fazioli Prizes at the International Geneva Competition, as well as the Spyros Motsenigos Prize from the Academy of Athens. She has performed all of Bach’s keyboard works and, in a series of recitals, has presented his complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue, and The Musical Offering as well as his keyboard concertos.
Papastefanou performs keyboard music from the Baroque through to modern repertoire including the music of George Crumb, Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Toru Takemitsu. She has performed solo and chamber recitals, concertos across Europe (Germany, France, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland and Hungary), the United States and Canada.
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