A Cathedral for Bach (Piano Works) | Etcetera KTC1390

A Cathedral for Bach (Piano Works)


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Label: Etcetera

Cat No: KTC1390

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 15th March 2010



Jan Michiels plays on a beautifully sounding Steinway from 1875, an instrument that could have been played by Bartók and Busoni.

The Bach works on this CD are played from the Bartók Edition of the Wohltemperierte Klavier, with Bartók's expression marks, different fingerings and remarks.

Jan Michiels (1966) studied with Abel Matthys at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 1988 to 1993 he studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin under the direction of Hans Leygraf - he was awarded an exceptional distinction for his interpretations of Bartók’s Second concerto for piano and Ligeti’s Etudes. He was Tenuto-laureate in 1988; in 1989 he won the international E Durlet competition; in 1991 he was laureate of the international Queen Elizabeth Competition; in 1992 he was awarded the JeM/ Cera prize for musicians and in 1996 he was signed up as festival star of the Flanders Festival. He is also laureate of the ‘Gouden Vleugels/KBC Muziekprijs’ 2006.

This CD features transcriptions of Bach compositions by Busoni as well as a selection from Bartók’s own edition of the Well Tempered Clavier. Busoni was a world famous and phenomenal pianist but his Bach transcriptions received a lot of opposition.

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