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Israel Kastoriano - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier B

Israel Kastoriano - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier B

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Israel Kastoriano - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier B (CD NEW)


Label: Cd Baby.Com/Indys
Format: CD MOD
Release Date: 10 Jan 2012
No. of Discs: 1

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DISC 1:
1. Prelude In C Major Bwv 846
2. Fugue In C Major Bwv 846
3. Prelude In C Minor Bwv 847
4. Fugue In C Minor Bwv 847
5. Prelude In C Sharp Major Bwv 848
6. Fugue In C Sharp Major Bwv 848
7. Prelude In C Sharp Minor Bwv 849
8. Fugue In C Sharp Minor Bwv 849
9. Prelude In D Major Bwv 850
10. Fugue In D Major Bwv 850
11. Prelude In D Minor Bwv 851
12. Fugue In D Minor Bwv 851
13. Prelude In E Flat Major Bwv 852
14. Fugue In E Flat Major Bwv 852
15. Prelude In E Flat Minor Bwv 853
16. Fugue In E Flat Minor Bwv 853
17. Prelude In E Major Bwv 854
18. Fugue In E Major Bwv 854
19. Prelude In E Minor Bwv 855
20. Fugue In E Minor Bwv 855
21. Prelude In F Major Bwv 856
22. Fugue In F Major Bwv 856
23. Prelude In F Minor Bwv 857
24. Fugue In F Minor Bwv 857

DISC 2:
1. Prelude In F Sharp Major Bwv 858
2. Fugue In F Sharp Major Bwv 858
3. Prelude In F Sharp Minor Bwv 859
4. Fugue In F Sharp Minor Bwv 859
5. Prelude In G Major Bwv 860
6. Fugue In G Major Bwv 860
7. Prelude In G Minor Bwv 861
8. Fugue In G Minor Bwv 861
9. Prelude In A Flat Major Bwv 862
10. Fugue In A Flat Major Bwv 862
11. Prelude In G Sharp Minor Bwv 863
12. Fugue In G Sharp Minor Bwv 863
13. Prelude In A Major Bwv 864
14. Fugue In A Major Bwv 864
15. Prelude In A Minor Bwv 865
16. Fugue In A Minor Bwv 865
17. Prelude In B Flat Major Bwv 866
18. Fugue In B Flat Major Bwv 866
19. Prelude In B Flat Minor Bwv 867
20. Fugue In B Flat Minor Bwv 867
21. Prelude In B Major Bwv 868
22. Fugue In B Major Bwv 868
23. Prelude In B Minor Bwv 869
24. Fugue In B Minor Bwv 869

WHY THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER? Bach compiled the 24 preludes and fugues (of Book 1) in all 12 major and minor keys in 1722.He composed them 'for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning,and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study'.Clearly,Bach meant to give the world an example of excellence to learn from,as well as to provide sheer pleasure to all. My initial interest in the WTC,as musician and pianist,arouse out of a feeling I had for many years that both my intuitive and my self-consciously intellectual 'understanding' of the music I was playing were wanting.I felt I was dealing with a culture I could not truly make my own.That caused me to follow Robert Schumann's advice to young musicians:'make the Well-Tempered Clavier' your daily bread'.For many years hence I have been meeting the WTC almost daily,initially out of curiosity as to what was in it that made it so commendable.I found myself exploring an infinite cosmos,ever changing,ever new,with my own self,quite surprisingly,as one salient aspect of it's landscape.As time went by,I got attached to those daily encounters in which I experienced great music and the most advanced compositional procedures I am aware of.In time I came to appreciate the fact that the WTC has been the very best music and piano teacher I could ever had. THE INSTRUMENT The Steinway grand piano was as foreign to Bach as a cellular phone would have been.He meant the WTC to be performed on a keyboard,but had never specified whether the harpsichord,the clavichord or the organ were intended. Quite frankly,even had the instrument been specified,I would still feel completely at ease with the idea of performing it on just about any instrument.I also enjoy very much playing the WTC on the harpsichord and the organ,with tempo,timing,my own feelings and experience changing considerably with each medium;the conjunction of the different acoustic phenomena with the inner relationships of the composition are sure always to produce a unique outcome. The same goes for the piano,which is a natural choice in my case since I'm a pianist and meet Bach and the WTC through it.The pedal,however,albeit a very important feature of the modern instrument,had to be dropped.Although elsewhere it opens wonderful opportunities of expression,in the case of the WTC the inner requirements of the music dictated it's absolute avoidance. This,however,is not suggested as simplistically self-evident,for in the preface to the Inventions and Sinfonias,a didactic work,Bach does state that 'above all' he would like students of music to perform in 'cantabile' (singing) style.Surely,the modern piano as Chopin's music amply proves the point enables the human voice's dynamic flexibility to be reproduced more than the harpsichord or the organ ever could.Nevertheless,I believe the singing quality Bach recommends is intended as independent of the instrument at hand and is only a function of the performer's expression and his ability to identify with his own inner singing during his playing. POLYPHONY AT THE KEYBOARD All western music is polyphonic in the wide sense of the simultaneity of two or more voices.To my best judgment,J.S.Bach was the greatest master ever of polyphony with his amazing creativity as well as artistic and inner freedom.For a keyboard player though,there is an intrinsic paradox in the performance of polyphony: every person has one single voice only,and can consequently sing but one musical line at a time,whereas the keyboard player has to 'sing' more than one voice simultaneously. This is indeed a formidable challenge;but it is also at the root of a most unique and personal skill born of the performer's need to bring into being relationships between given musical lines,as it seems required by him and as he fancies. From another aspect,polyphony,especially in Bach's instrumental music,seems to me wonderfully suggestive of social and emotional relationships,encounters,conversations,interactions,extracted from our daily life-experiences,from our inner and outer worlds-all that despit

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