JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 | NIFC (National Institute Frederick Chopin) NIFCCD062

JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

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Label: NIFC (National Institute Frederick Chopin)

Cat No: NIFCCD062

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd February 2019



Ewa Pobłocka is already present in the Chopin Institute catalogue with two Chopin recitals. Here she presents the first book of Bach’s greatest keyboard masterpiece: The Well-Tempered Clavier, which she recorded in 2018 on a modern instrument.

Our knowledge of the history behind the composing of one of the most emblematic works in the oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach, his Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (Book I, BWV 846-869; Book II, BWV 870-893), remains remarkably modest. Ernst Ludwig Gerber (1746-1819), author of Tonkünstlerlexicon, a lexicon of musical artists that was highly popular in his day, noted there in 1790: ‘according to a certain tradition, he wrote his Tempered Clavier (consisting of fugues and preludes, some of them very intricate, in all the 24 keys) in a place where ennui, boredom, and the absence of any kind of musical instrument forced him to resort to this pastime.’

Ewa Pobłocka is one of Poland’s most distinguished pianists. She studied at the Music Academy in Gdańsk and is the holder of top awards from piano competitions in Vercelli, Bordeaux and Warsaw. Ewa Pobłocka has performed throughout most of Europe, as well as both North and South America, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and Australia, appearing in such famous venues as the Herkules-Saal in Munich, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, New York’s Lincoln Center and Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

She has given concert performances with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerisher Rudfunkorchester, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstlerorchester, Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Polish Chamber Orchestra and the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.


[Pobłocka’s] Bach has everything going for it: pianistic resourcefulness, keen polyphonic acumen, impeccable taste and an ability to imbue each Prelude and Fugue with a distinct point of view borne out of musical considerations. ... Wary as I am of superlatives, I can claim without hesitation that Ewa Pobłocka’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 encompasses some of the greatest and most fulfilling Bach pianism on record. I look forward to Book 2.  Jed Distler (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone March 2019
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