Ms. Hewitt’s Bach repertoire is based on extraordinary learning and sublime technical ability. Her preparation for The Art of Fugue has thus been born of superior pedagogics and unbridled ingenuity. Bach demands nothing less and Ms Hewitt has delivered here.
This austere programme has become, in her hands, a wonderful experience full of song and danceable ecstasy. Ms. Hewitt has a palpable vision of how these “Contrapunctus” should work, making them very much her own. And while she is a pianist who views the music itself as more important than the ego of the interpreter, what emerges is a refreshingly clear sense of structure and clarity, qualities emphasised by a recording of edifying transparency.