2008 version - MP3 192 Kbps - 4 CD - 398Mb
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GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE PICK OF THE MONTH AND BEST OF THE YEAR
PENGUIN GUIDE ROSETTE
'Angela Hewitt's version of Book I eclipses all others; hers will become the benchmark recording ... special and uniquely enchanting' (BBC Music Magazine)
'The Canadian pianist may not regard herself as a Bach specialist, but her brilliant and profoundly musical playing of the first 24 preludes and fugues of the "48" goes straight to the top of available piano versions' (The Sunday Times)
'Performances of exceptional grace and beauty' (BBC Music Magazine)
'An inspirational set' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
Fifteen years ago Angela Hewitt recorded a version of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I which dazzled the critical world and record-buying public. It was followed shortly afterwards by Book II which was similarly received. Now, fresh from her Bach World Tour — in which she performed the complete Well-Tempered Clavier from August 2007 until the end of October 2008 in 58 cities in 21 countries on six continents — Angela has made an entirely new recording of this most iconic of keyboard works.
In a revealing and personal programme note, Angela explains her reasons, both artistic and emotional, for this momentous creative decision. She speaks of the ‘new-found freedom’ that she discovered in her later performances, and especially her use of Fazioli pianos, ‘whose luminous, powerful, and also ever so delicate sounds opened new worlds to me and allowed my imagination to take flight’.