|Jan Hanford said:|
This is the final installment of Angela Hewitt's Bach keyboard works project. And it is a gem.
Not since Andras Schiff have I been held captive by a pianist and enjoyed it so completely. This is perfection; her performance is an exquisite combination of strength and nuance. There is impressive intelligence behind her playing which enhances her obvious passion and love of this music.
She is not one of those new superstars who pound out recordings of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Scriabin and then, absurdly, turn to Bach. Although she has recorded modern works, I believe her choices, for example Ravel, make the transition to Bach not unreasonable. However, she is no dabbler: she has steadfastly recorded everything, from the Well-Tempered Clavier to the Inventions. All of her recordings are extraordinarily beautiful.
Her sense of expression and phrasing is so superior and extraordinary that new pianists on the scene should think twice before trying to compete. (In fact, hey, record something that hasn't been recorded a zillion times already. For example, Angela Hewitt is recording Couperin on piano which is innovative, courageous and sublime. There's lots out there, get to work.)
Angela Hewitt's amazing recordings of Bach's keyboard works should be on every Bach lover's shelf. I cherish them.