Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

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28th Feb 2011




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Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

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"The book shows Bach at once at his most systematic and at his most unpredictable and playful. In total one can only describe it as an heroic endeavour – here Bach strives for variety-for-the-sake-of-variety in the highest sense. No genre or style is left unexamined, no keyboard instrument or ensemble texture not recalled in some sense or other." (Daniel-Ben Pienaar)

American Record Guide

April 2004

“He's a thoughtful pianist with a fine technique and beautiful tonal variety. One fabulous moment is his performance of the F-minor Prelude: he plays it with a pale, almost lifeless tone and a very slow tempo. At the other side of the spectrum is his very humorous performance of the A-major Fugue. The first note is given a sharp, short attack, and the remainder of the subject prances stealthily upward like a cat on the prowl.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2004

“Daniel-Ben Pienaar’s recording of Book 1 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, together with his eloquent booklet notes, leaves no doubt that this South African-born pianist is a thinking virtuoso...he seems determined to leave his own mark on this music.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2004

“Pienaar [is] swift, bright and crisp...Pienaar clarifies the subject matter in greater detail and he builds to a taut climax. [The A minor Fugue] is one of the many highlights in his set that includes a magnificently profiled F sharp minor Fugue, an E flat major Prelude where unsynchronised hands are used to enhance the melody of the chorale section, and an audacious altered version of its companion Fugue.”

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