JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (DVD)
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Label: Naxos - DVD
Cat No: 2110653
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th January 2020
ArtistsAndras Schiff (piano)
Sir András Schiff’s recordings of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works are highly regarded, particularly his performances of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Gramophone wrote that ‘Schiff remains a stimulating Bach pianist who happily refuses to rest on his discographical laurels.’
Much interest was generated when it was announced that Schiff would play Book 1 of The Well-Tempered Clavier as part of the 2017 BBC Proms at a late-night concert performed without a break. The well-attended concert was recorded to the BBC’s usual superlative high standards, and with both the highly-charged atmosphere of the event and Schiff’s every nuance captured in High Definition image and sound make this audiovisual release something to treasure.
This BBC Proms concert was extremely well-received in the press. Aaron Davies of bachtrack.com wrote that ‘I was left with no doubt that Schiff is almost certainly the standard bearer for the keyboard works of J.S. Bach – quite possibly the best since Glenn Gould.’ The Arts Desk stated that ‘Schiff, without score or interval, sculpted around 100 minutes of music into a perfectly paced narrative… Schiff’s gracious lucidity lets the tension and drama inherent in each piece speak directly to us… with a performance style that train our ears to hear each finely articulated element and steers clear of flashy stunts.’ As far as The Independent reviewer was concerned, ‘this was the most riveting performance of the work I have ever heard, as for two hours Schiff turned the huge and well-filled hall into a bowl of rapt silence. He delivered the endlessly walking line of the final prelude with majestic assurance, and if the gravely enigmatic final fugue denoted death, this was death of an entirely serene kind. It really was stupendous.’
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
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