Angela Hewitt

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier [1997 Recording]

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Praised for her exquisite recordings for Hyperion and hailed as one of the most original interpreters of the music of J.S. Bach since Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt has surpassed her usual high standards in this astonishing set of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Critical response to this extraordinary cycle has been glowingly positive across the boards, and Hewitt won awards from the major classical magazines and CD guides for her polished playing and penetrating insights into Bach's 48 preludes and fugues. Fastidious yet not fussy, profoundly expressive yet not overly demonstrative, and capable of playing with a widely varied tonal palette, Hewitt brings The Well-Tempered Clavier to life on the piano through her vivid execution, rhythmic vitality, ornamental brilliance, and spontaneous emotional communication. Her touch is firm but subtle and sensitive, making her shadings of the counterpoint wonderful to hear; even more important to her readings is her clear understanding of the music's textures, formal designs, and highly contrasted characters, which she convincingly conveys in these unparalleled performances. Originally released as double-disc packages in 1998 and 1999, Hewitt's recordings have been brought together in this streamlined four-disc box set, and the affordable price of this important reissue brings this package within reach of most collectors. Hyperion's superb sound is close, warm, and utterly transparent.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103)
1
2:08 Amazon
2
1:56 Amazon
3
1:31 Amazon
4
1:45 Amazon
5
1:24
6
2:14
7
2:31
8
5:27
9
1:21
10
2:09
11
1:42
12
2:34
13
3:34
14
1:42
15
3:40
16
5:36
17
1:27
18
1:07
19
2:19
20
1:10
21
1:02
22
1:35
23
1:52
24
4:38

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103)
1
1:31
2
2:19
3
1:01
4
3:16
5
0:55
6
3:00
7
2:01
8
1:45
9
1:26
10
3:06
11
1:29
12
2:22
13
1:27
14
2:00
15
1:03
16
5:38
17
1:20
18
1:51
19
4:01
20
3:10
21
1:03
22
2:24
23
4:47
24
6:48

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127)
1
2:34
2
1:36
3
2:29
4
2:48
5
1:56
6
1:52
7
4:48
8
2:14
9
5:34
10
2:57
11
1:30
12
2:10
13
2:30
14
1:48
15
4:03
16
4:32
17
4:53
18
3:28
19
4:13
20
2:47
21
3:22
22
1:39
23
4:44
24
1:52

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book II, BWV 870-893 (BC L104-127)
1
3:28
2
2:32
3
3:06
4
3:42
5
2:40
6
1:13
7
3:39
8
2:37
9
4:08
10
3:39
11
4:11
12
3:20
13
2:10
14
1:13
15
4:27
16
1:29
17
7:22
18
2:36
19
3:09
20
4:36
21
2:05
22
3:27
23
2:13
24
1:44
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