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25.5.18

Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier -Forget-Me-Nots And Intimations Of Mortality


...That differs wildly from the other Well-Tempered Clavier on the piano at hand: the two books that Dina Ugorskaja (Avi) recorded. There’s ego here, alright… or rather: personality in the act of transcending ego. Dark clouds hover; a flittering sulfurously silver light illuminates the music, and there is an intensity even among the often slow (though hardly ever relaxed) tempos. What initially came to mind was the title of William Wordsworth’s ode (via Finzi’s superb tone poem), which I always misremember as “Intimations of Mortality”. (When it is in fact “Intimations of Immortality”.) Even if my impression and the ode itself (rather than the sentiment of my misremembered title) are not directly correlated, the opening stanzas strike me as appropriate to quote:...

-> Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: Forget-Me-Nots And Intimations Of Mortality (Classical CD Of The Week)





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Johann Sebastian Bach,
Das Wohltemperiete Klavier, Book 1,
Dina Ugorskaja,
(C)Avi


























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