Angela Hewitt / Richard Tognetti

Bach: Keyboard Concertos

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For listeners who already know and love pianist Angela Hewitt's way with Bach, this two-disc set of her performances of his keyboard concertos will be self-recommending. The same qualities that distinguished Hewitt's playing of Bach's solo works -- the pearly tone, the gentle touch, the impeccable technique, the warm-hearted but cool-headed interpretations -- are the same qualities that distinguish her playing in his concerted works. For listeners who like the D minor Concerto to be a display of the players' virtuosity, who like their E major Concerto to be a proof of the player's objectivity, who like their F minor Concerto to be a demonstration of the player's imperturbability, Hewitt's performances will be hard to beat. Of course, for listeners who like their D minor Concerto demonic, their E major Concerto sublime,and their F minor Concerto heartrending, Hewitt's performance may be harder to accept. But those listeners can turn to the performances by Andras Schiff or Glenn Gould to get their fill of hair-raising Bach playing. Accompanied by the stylishly elegant but somewhat rough-toned Australian Chamber Orchestra led from the violin by Richard Tognetti, Hewitt's recordings will be the benchmark for listeners who already love her playing. Hyperion's sound is not quite clear enough and not quite close enough.

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