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Jed Distler
Gramophone, May 2020

BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 2.110653
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0104V
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 2, BWV 870-893 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 2.110654
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 2, BWV 870-893 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0105V

Taken together with Book 2 on a separate DVD, a ‘reference video version’ of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier from one of today’s leading interpreters of the work © 2020 Gramophone



Raul da Gama
The WholeNote, April 2020

BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 2.110653
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0104V

Sir András Schiff’s performance at the BBC Proms (2017) is authoritative and eminently satisfying. The fact that it has been well-crafted as a DVD is cause for additional celebration. Schiff exploits the full range of the piano’s sonorities: a crisp, hard touch is used for the more rhythmically motorized preludes… © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



International Piano, March 2020

BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 2.110653
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0104V

Nearly two hours of Bach played at the highest level… one experiences a transcendent serenity that carries the listener on a journey from the human to the Divine. © 2020 International Piano



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, February 2020

BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 2.110653
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0104V

Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff performs Bach’s towering piano work, The Well-Tempered Klavier, Book I, at the BBC Proms in 2017: Schiff’s stamina is astonishing, as he plays the entire 105-minute work (one of Bach’s most inspired) from memory in front of an enraptured audience. © 2020 The Flip Side Read complete review



Lark Reviews, January 2020

Andras Schiff gave this concert as part of the BBC Proms in 2017. It is magnificent. His approach is reserved and precise, but never detached. He also sees the work as a whole, as if it has a logical structure throughout its nearly two hours of playing time. As such the concentration needed both from the performer and the audience is very demanding but worth the effort. Don’t dip in—listen to it straight through. © 2020 Lark Reviews



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2020

BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 2.110653
BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0104V

Described as one of today’s leading interpreters of the keyboard music from J.S Bach, Andras Schiff was filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2017.

That he played the one hundred and ten minutes of the First Book from The Well-Tempered Clavier from memory was a feat in itself; that he played it without a blemish was remarkable, and that he imbued it with such happiness was something we will always remember. Played without an interval, and with both feet firmly planted on the stage, we come as near to Bach’s harpsichord as you can get from a modern Steinway concert grand piano, the micro-second precision of Schiff’s fingers bringing such total clarity. From an interpretation aspect he is the antithesis to the Glenn Gould fraternity, his playing without mannerism or personal affectation, the work simply offered at face value from Bach’s score. Indeed Bach included hardly any markings, Schiff opting for urgent tempos without ever sounding rushed, dynamics no greater in range than fingers alone can generate. His technique and artistic sensibility is simply placed at the service of the music, and always riveting our attention to the music and not to the performer. I am not going to comment further, for this is a performance that we are most fortunate to experience, the massive audience packed into London’s concert hall listening in rapt silence. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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