21 May 2008

Angela Hewitt and the Forty-Eight

‘In order to discover a true understanding of the infinite variations of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues, the performer and listener must open both ears and spirit to infinite possibilities of form, harmony, counterpoint, character and mood, rather than limit this vast spectrum of music to the demands of one’s own circumscribed outlook and experience’ (Rosalyn Tureck).

Angela Hewitt was in Glasgow over the weekend, playing Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues (The Well-Tempered Klavier) at the City Halls. Both concerts were superb examples of a pianist doing just what Rosalyn Tureck recommended. Judging by his reviews in The Herald (here and here), Conrad Wilson would probably agree.

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