Angela Hewitt

Bach

(CD - Hyperion #4442135)

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A prominent recording artist for Hyperion since the 1990s, Angela Hewitt has become the most esteemed interpreter of Bach since Glenn Gould, and for many listeners, the most distinctive performer of this music on piano. Hewitt's impressive run of recordings has been collected into this 2010 box set, which is 15 discs and a booklet. The 2008 recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier is centrally placed in the package, covering four discs; this critically praised recording was Hewitt's second foray into the 48. Surrounding it are the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, the English Suites, the French Suites, the six partitas, toccatas, the Little Preludes, the Italian Concerto, the Goldberg Variations, and numerous short but no less famous pieces from Bach's keyboard output, apart from his concertos and organ compositions. Hewitt's approach to Bach is neither doctrinaire nor flamboyant, but she finds a great deal of artistic freedom between the two extremes and makes the music feel spontaneous and fresh while always observing the intricate details of the counterpoint. No pianist plays with more clarity and precision, and Hewitt communicates a natural musicality through her supple shaping of phrases and nuanced touch. Based on this pianist's many accolades and the longevity of her recordings, this set is sure to be kept in the catalog for many years as a testament to great music-making.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:42 Amazon
Fifteen Two-part Inventions, BWV 772-786
2 01:06 Amazon
3 01:31 Amazon
4 01:02 Amazon
5 00:47 Amazon
6 01:26 Amazon
7 03:39 Amazon
8 01:09 Amazon
9 00:46 Amazon
10 01:52 Amazon
11 00:47 Amazon
12 01:22 Amazon
13 01:10 Amazon
14 01:12 Amazon
15 01:14 Amazon
16 01:16 Amazon
Fifteen Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV 787-801
17 00:58 Amazon
18 01:45 Amazon
19 01:06 Amazon
20 01:43 Amazon
21 02:39 Amazon
22 01:01 Amazon
23 02:19 Amazon
24 01:02 Amazon
25 04:02 Amazon
26 01:00 Amazon
27 02:00 Amazon
28 01:24 Amazon
29 01:43 Amazon
30 01:22 Amazon
31 01:45 Amazon
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
32 06:52 Amazon
33 05:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964
1 03:17 Amazon
2 06:03 Amazon
3 04:02 Amazon
4 05:05 Amazon
French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812
5 03:08 Amazon
6 02:14 Amazon
7 03:51 Amazon
8 03:08 Amazon
9 03:00 Amazon
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813
10 02:53 Amazon
11 02:00 Amazon
12 03:38 Amazon
13
Air
01:19 Amazon
14 03:35 Amazon
15 02:38 Amazon
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814
16 02:56 Amazon
17 02:25 Amazon
18 03:18 Amazon
19 01:29 Amazon
20 03:39 Amazon
21 02:03 Amazon
22 00:59 Amazon
23 02:12 Amazon
24 00:58 Amazon
25 01:10 Amazon
26 00:30 Amazon
27 01:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:36 Amazon
2 02:09 Amazon
3 01:31 Amazon
4 02:11 Amazon
5 01:31 Amazon
6 01:49 Amazon
7 00:37 Amazon
8 00:54 Amazon
9 00:42 Amazon
10 00:38 Amazon
11 01:39 Amazon
12 01:32 Amazon
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
13 01:23 Amazon
14 02:39 Amazon
15 01:51 Amazon
16 02:53 Amazon
17 01:16 Amazon
18 02:42 Amazon
19 01:02 Amazon
20
Air
01:44 Amazon
21 02:20 Amazon
French Suite No. 5 in G major
22 02:51 Amazon
23 01:37 Amazon
24 05:11 Amazon
25 01:13 Amazon
26 01:17 Amazon
27 02:08 Amazon
28 03:36 Amazon
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817
29 02:34 Amazon
30 01:33 Amazon
31 03:24 Amazon
32 01:13 Amazon
33 01:27 Amazon
34 01:20 Amazon
35 01:28 Amazon
36 02:22 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894
37 05:28 Amazon
38 04:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 1
1 02:20 Amazon
2 02:08 Amazon
3 01:35 Amazon
4 01:52 Amazon
5 01:23 Amazon
6 02:19 Amazon
7 03:04 Amazon
8 05:24 Amazon
9 01:24 Amazon
10 02:13 Amazon
11 01:40 Amazon
12 02:59 Amazon
13 03:44 Amazon
14 01:40 Amazon
15 03:58 Amazon
16 05:16 Amazon
17 01:24 Amazon
18 01:06 Amazon
19 02:18 Amazon
20 01:10 Amazon
21 01:02 Amazon
22 01:38 Amazon
23 02:12 Amazon
24 04:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 1
1 01:31 Amazon
2 02:19 Amazon
3 01:01 Amazon
4 03:16 Amazon
5 00:54 Amazon
6 02:50 Amazon
7 02:15 Amazon
8 01:41 Amazon
9 01:22 Amazon
10 03:10 Amazon
11 01:30 Amazon
12 02:07 Amazon
13 01:28 Amazon
14 02:00 Amazon
15 00:59 Amazon
16 05:33 Amazon
17 01:25 Amazon
18 01:45 Amazon
19 03:51 Amazon
20 03:08 Amazon
21 00:56 Amazon
22 02:24 Amazon
23 04:40 Amazon
24 06:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 2
1 03:04 Amazon
2 01:39 Amazon
3 02:27 Amazon
4 02:53 Amazon
5 01:41 Amazon
6 02:08 Amazon
7 04:47 Amazon
8 02:22 Amazon
9 05:49 Amazon
10 02:59 Amazon
11 01:34 Amazon
12 02:22 Amazon
13 02:47 Amazon
14 01:55 Amazon
15 04:18 Amazon
16 05:00 Amazon
17 04:41 Amazon
18 04:17 Amazon
19 03:40 Amazon
20 02:50 Amazon
21 03:31 Amazon
22 01:46 Amazon
23 05:06 Amazon
24 01:49 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 11

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 2
1 03:35 Amazon
2 02:35 Amazon
3 03:21 Amazon
4 03:38 Amazon
5 02:32 Amazon
6 01:14 Amazon
7 04:03 Amazon
8 02:45 Amazon
9 04:17 Amazon
10 03:47 Amazon
11 04:06 Amazon
12 03:21 Amazon
13 02:21 Amazon
14 01:13 Amazon
15 04:15 Amazon
16 01:42 Amazon
17 07:19 Amazon
18 02:39 Amazon
19 03:29 Amazon
20 04:54 Amazon
21 01:52 Amazon
22 03:50 Amazon
23 02:29 Amazon
24 01:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 12

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
1
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03:41 Amazon
2 05:38 Amazon
3 03:25 Amazon
Capriccio in B flat major "on the Departure of his Beloved Brother", BWV 992
4 01:58 Amazon
5 01:09 Amazon
6 03:17 Amazon
7 00:28 Amazon
8 01:04 Amazon
9 02:11 Amazon
10 05:13 Amazon
11 02:45 Amazon
12 02:32 Amazon
13 03:24 Amazon
14 02:01 Amazon
French Overture in B minor, BWV 831
15 12:09 Amazon
16 02:27 Amazon
17 01:23 Amazon
18 01:25 Amazon
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