On Friday September 18 we will begin our weekly streamings of the complete 48 Preludes and Fugues of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier played by Kenneth Weiss. Each post will include a prelude and fugue from Kenneth’s 2013 recording on the splendid Ruckers-Taskin harpsichord in the Musée de la musique in Paris.
We will also post a short commentary by Kenneth on his evolving relationship with the work as a performing musician, and his reflections will come from the viewpoint of a keyboard player for whom daily practice of this master work has formed a musical persona.
Every Friday, just in time for the week end! And with the odd week off for holidays, and a summer break between Book 1 and Book 2, this should take us the whole way through 2016 and into 2017.
As an introduction, Kenneth writes: 'Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier is widely acknowledged as a pinnacle of Western Classical Music; yet rarely heard in concert halls. These fascinating, game changing compositions - the basis of our musical language and culture, a part of our communal vocabulary, - should not be relegated only to practice rooms, competition requirements, and music theory lessons'. You can read his liner notes to the recording via this link.