JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 | Alpha ALPHA669

JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1

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Cat No: ALPHA669

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th March 2021



Aaron Pilsan is only twenty-five years old, but he already has a busy career to his credit, with a solo album devoted to Beethoven and Schubert – very well received by the critics – and another of duo repertory with the cellist Kian Soltani. A student of Lars Vogt, he has also received guidance from András Schiff – Bach has always been at the centre of their work together.

The young Austrian pianist has been fascinated since childhood by The Well-Tempered Clavier, ‘that musical journey on which Bach embarks with us in Book One: from the seemingly simple and joyful triad of the famous Prelude in C major to the final fugue, of a complexity almost worthy of Schoenberg, on a subject that already includes the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale... Ever since I became interested in Bach’s music, I have never ceased to ask myself how to make the modern grand piano – which has a rich fundamental sound but a reduced volume of harmonics compared to the harpsichord – produce an essentially “well-tempered” impression on the listener... But for me it was not a question of instrumental history, but of interpretation.’

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