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Angela Hewitt: Well-Tempered Clavier World Tour

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Until now, “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, despite its epic length, has been a remarkable box office success. The two concerts Angela Hewitt gave at Carnegie Hall in October of last year, for example, were sold out many weeks prior to the event. Similar scenarios are expected to occur as she prepares for appearances at other noteworthy concert halls around the globe, including the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Herkulesaal in Munich, La Fenice in Venice, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

To Angela Hewitt, what makes these performances of “The Well-Tempered Clavier” so challenging is the dual task of being true to certain conventions of the time the piece was written in as well as playing an active role as an instrumentalist: “Bach left no markings in the score as to how this music was to be played, so the decisions are your own”, according to Angela Hewitt, “But they must always be within the realm of what was called “good taste” at the time, and reflect the proper style of Baroque music.”

She has already taken one important decision right at the start, playing “The Well-Tempered Clavier” on a Piano – an instrument which didn’t even exist at Bach’s time: Angela Hewitt defended her choice from a musical perspective: “I feel the piano is the ideal instrument for such music, allowing me to fully bring out the immense range of emotion in these works.”

“The Well-Tempered Clavier” tour has already been a rollercoaster ride for Angela Hewitt, who had to cope with her mother falling seriously ill in December, rejoiced at recording a new CD with Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and had to deal with “the cougher’s brigade” at her concerts in Venice: “I have never heard such a din! Fortunately, during the first short pause after the fourth Prelude and Fugue, several members of the audience went “Shhh!!!” and they understood.”

Picture by Simon Fowler

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