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Mesmerising Bach from András Schiff

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Pianist András Schiff first recorded Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier 25 years ago. Now he has returned to JS Bach's work in a new recording on the ECM label, with the intention of stripping out what he regarded as touches of sentimentality in his earlier recording.

This week we’re offering the first two sections of Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier for download: the Prelude and Fugue in C.

Reviewing the disc in the December issue of BBC Music Magazine, our critic Paul Riley wrote: ‘Schiff’s Bach sings and dances, and has a clarity derived from a mesmerizing touch and an aversion to the sustain pedal. The crucial organic relationship he establishes between prelude and fugue, meanwhile, remains unimpeachable.’

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