Trevor Pinnock, one of Early Music’s great visionaries, releases his first-ever recording of Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Backed by a videoblog giving insights into not only his interpretation of this masterwork with its variety of moods and colours, lightness and weight, he also highlights of his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon over the years, including his celebrated recordings of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Handel’s Messiah. Throughout his interpretations Pinnock remains true to his core principles: favouring musicality and inspiration above musical orthodoxy. Achieving an exceptional reputation as a conductor, chamber musician and harpsichordist he has received enthusiastic critical acclaim.
“My journey with the Well-Tempered Clavier has been life-long. I heard all the preludes and fugues played on the piano on the radio, and I was hooked. In my twenties I myself recorded some preludes and fugues for radio broadcast, and I knew then that one day I would play them all. … Although I subsequently performed various others of the preludes and fugues, any plan to record all of them was repeatedly postponed by increments of ten years until quite recently, when I decided I could put it off no longer. Now they will be a central part of me for the rest of my life.”
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