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Hyperion Records

CDA67303/4 - Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Vol. 2
Recording details: Various dates
Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: June 1999
Total duration: 147 minutes 5 seconds


'A delight to both ear and mind. I have nothing but enthusiasm for Angela Hewitt's musicianly and imaginative performances' (Gramophone)

'I know of no musician whose Bach playing on any instrument is of greater subtlety, beauty of tone, persuasiveness of judgement or instrumental command than Hewitt’s is here … Hewitt has set a new benchmark. Her touch is admirably clear and light, her choices of tempo make perfect musical sense and, a trained dancer, she is uniquely attuned to Bach's supple, sprightly rhyhms. A '48' of exceptional grace and beauty' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Her [Angela Hewitt's] sound and articulation seem ideally suited to the music … highly recommended.' (International Record Review)

'Since she won the 1985 Toronto Bach competition, Angela Hewitt has established herself as the Bach pianist par excellence of her generation. Here she crowns her enthralling set of Book 1 of the "48" with a performance of Book 2 that no lover of Bach's keyboard works will want to be without. It is impossible to catalogue the manifold felicities of her playing in a short review, but the variety of colour and mood she brings to this music is irresistible throughout.' (The Sunday Times)

'It ranks with the best ever set down. Subtle, daring (yet never idiosyncratic), continually alive to the two most enrapturing features of Bach's music (dance and song), she exhibits a rhythmic vitality and sophistication matched by very few' (Piano, Germany)

The Well-tempered Clavier, Vol. 2

This is the fifth release in Angela Hewitt's universally acclaimed series of Bach's keyboard music which is fast being seen as the definitive modern recording of this repertoire on the piano.

Bach's Well-tempered Clavier ('The 48') consists of two books of 24 Preludes and Fugues in all the major and minor keys, and has been described as the pianist's 'Old Testament'. For over two hundred years these pieces have been the foundation of every pianist's repertoire.

Other albums in this series
'Bach: The Inventions' (CDA66746)
Bach: The Inventions
'Bach: The French Suites' (CDA67121/2)
Bach: The French Suites
'Bach: The Six Partitas' (CDA67191/2)
Bach: The Six Partitas
'Bach: Goldberg Variations' (CDA67305)
Bach: Goldberg Variations
'Bach: Italian Concerto & French Overture' (CDA67306)
Bach: Italian Concerto & French Overture
'Bach Arrangements' (CDA67309)
Bach Arrangements
'Bach: Toccatas' (CDA67310)
Bach: Toccatas
'Bach: The English Suites' (CDA67451/2)
Bach: The English Suites
'Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works' (CDA67499)
Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67499  Archive Service; also available on CDS44421/35  
'Bach: Keyboard Concertos' (CDA67607/8)
Bach: Keyboard Concertos
'Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier' (CDA67741/4)
Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier
MP3 £23.99FLAC £23.99ALAC £23.99Buy by post £30.00 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 44.1 kHz £27.00ALAC 24-bit 44.1 kHz £27.00 CDA67741/4  4CDs for the price of 3   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier' (CDS44291/4)
Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier
MP3 £20.00FLAC £20.00ALAC £20.00Buy by post £22.00 CDS44291/4  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach' (CDS44421/35)
Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach
MP3 £45.00FLAC £45.00ALAC £45.00Buy by post £50.00 CDS44421/35  15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Angela Hewitt – Bach Performance on the Piano' (DVDA68001)
Angela Hewitt – Bach Performance on the Piano
Buy by post £16.00 This album is not yet available for download DVDA68001  2CDs DVD  
'Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1' (CDA67307)
Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1
'Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Vol. 1' (CDA67301/2)
Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Vol. 1
MP3 £10.85FLAC £10.85ALAC £10.85Buy by post £20.00 CDA67301/2  2CDs   Download currently discounted
'Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 2' (CDA67308)
Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 2
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