|Johann Sebastian Bach|| |
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 (Das Wohltemperiertes Klavier, BWV870-893)
Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Following the critically and listener acclaimed Book 1 (jpc 9735308), Deutsche Grammophon now presents Part 2 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier with harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock
Pinnock, conductor, harpsichordist and early music icon in his own right, reveals in this recording his deeply personal, lifelong fascination with one of Bach’s most artful works: “As I play these pieces, I sense that Bach wrote them as much for himself as for the audience. For the performer of these preludes and fugues, each interpretation of these works is a stepping stone on a path of learning as we follow the great Bach on his own quest for the infinite.”
Recorded on a harpsichord by David Way after an original by Henri Hemsch, Pinnock achieves a perfect balance of tonal beauty and structural penetration. “The appeal of the harpsichord is that you have to elicit from this very simple instrument a music with language, a music with soul” – Trevor Pinnock’s claim promises an informed and entertaining interpretation of Bach’s contrapuntal masterpiece.