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BACH // The Well-Tempered Clavier (complete)

Cédric Pescia,

Robert Schumann, who revered Johann Sebastian Bach, recommended that young pianists should make the two books of The Well-Tempered Clavier their ‘daily bread’. The collection is indeed familiar to many from an early age, but most performers (pianists, harpsichordists and even organists) only give it in concert and record it after ‘moulding’ that bread every day in the secrecy of their practice rooms.

Musicians tackle The Well-Tempered Clavier in the same way as actors play Shakespeare’s Lear or singers perform Schubert’s Winterreise, once they have reached the appropriate age. The cycle is testing for the fingers, but perhaps even more so for the brain: these stylistically differentiated preludes and complex fugues must be given an overall coherence that does not diminish the singularity of their parts. Each component of The Well-Tempered Clavier can be one thing and its opposite.

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The forty-two-year-old Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia magnifies Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. He demonstrates by setting out in a few moments an ‘acoustic theatre’. Here is the blinding evidence of a great performer.

CD 1 / Book I
  • Prélude I in C major BWV 846 1’51
  • Fugue I in C major BWV 846 2’11
  • Prélude II in C minor BWV 847 1’27
  • Fugue II in C minor BWV 847 1’37
  • Prélude III in C sharp major BWV 848 1’06
  • Fugue III in C sharp major BWV 848 2’12
  • Prélude IV in C sharp minor BWV 849 3’08
  • Fugue IV in C sharp minor BWV 849 4’28
  • Prélude V in D major BWV 850 2’23
  • Fugue V in D major BWV 850 2’05
  • Prélude VI in D minor BWV 851 1’25
  • Fugue VI in D minor BWV 851 2’15
  • Prélude VII in E flat major BWV 852 3’29
  • Fugue VII in E flat major BWV 852 1’33
  • Prélude VIII in D sharp minor BWV 853 3’13
  • Fugue VIII in D sharp minor BWV 853 6’03
  • Prélude IX in E major BWV 854 1’26
  • Fugue IX in E major BWV 854 1’11
  • Prélude X in E minor BWV 855 2’22
  • Fugue X in E minor BWV 855 1’03
  • Prélude XI in F major BWV 856 0’54
  • Fugue XI in F major BWV 856 1’14
  • Prélude XII in F minor BWV 857 2’17
  • Fugue XII in F minor BWV 857 5’25
CD 2 / Book II
  • Prélude XIII in F sharp major BWV 858 1’20
  • Fugue XIII in F sharp major BWV 858 1’40
  • Prélude XIV in F sharp minor BWV 859 1’01
  • Fugue XIV in F sharp minor BWV 859 3’12
  • Prélude XV in G major BWV 860 0’55
  • Fugue XV in G major BWV 860 2’47
  • Prélude XVI in G minor BWV 861 2’07
  • Fugue XVI in G minor BWV 861 2’13
  • Prélude XVII in A flat major BWV 862 1’18
  • Fugue XVII in A flat major BWV 862 3’01
  • Prélude XVIII in G sharp minor BWV 863 2’06
  • Fugue XVIII in G sharp minor BWV 863 3’37
  • Prélude XIX in A major BWV 864 1’16
  • Fugue XIX in A major BWV 864 2’10
  • Prélude XX in A minor BWV 865 0’55
  • Fugue XX in A minor BWV 865 4’29
  • Prélude XXI in B flat major BWV 866 1’14
  • Fugue XXI in B flat major BWV 866 1’34
  • Prélude XXII in B flat minor BWV 867 2’55
  • Fugue XXII in B flat minor BWV 867 3’29
  • Prélude XXIII in B major BWV 868 0’59
  • Fugue XXIII in B major BWV 868 2’38
  • Prélude XXIV in B minor BWV 869 6’36
  • Fugue XXIV in B minor BWV 869 7’03
CD 3 / Book III
  • Prélude I in C major BWV 870 2’44
  • Fugue I in C major BWV 870 1’32
  • Prélude II in C minor BWV 871 2’12
  • Fugue II in C minor BWV 871 2’34
  • Prélude III in C sharp major BWV 872 1’40
  • Fugue III in C sharp major BWV 872 1’34
  • Prélude IV in C sharp minor BWV 873 4’58
  • Fugue IV in C sharp minor BWV 873 2’03
  • Prélude V in D major BWV BWV 874 4’47
  • Fugue V in D major BWV BWV 874 3’21
  • Prélude VI in D minor BWV 875 1’20
  • Fugue VI in D minor BWV 875 1’58
  • Prélude VII in E flat major BWV 876 2’56
  • Fugue VII in E flat major BWV 876 1’38
  • Prélude VIII in D sharp minor BWV 877 3’35
  • Fugue VIII in D sharp minor BWV 877 3’30
  • Prélude IX in E major BWV 878 6’04
  • Fugue IX in E major BWV 878 3’00
  • Prélude X in E minor BWV 879 3’21
  • Fugue X in E minor BWV 879 2’44
  • Prélude XI in F major BWV 880 2’58
  • Fugue XI in F major BWV 880 1’35
  • Prélude XII in F minor BWV 881 5’04
  • Fugue XII in F minor BWV 881 1’40
CD 4 // Book IV
  • Prélude XIII in F sharp major BWV 882 3’32
  • Fugue XIII in F sharp major BWV 882 2’16
  • Prélude XIV in F sharp minor BWV 883 3’50
  • Fugue XIV in F sharp minor BWV 883 3’45
  • Prélude XV in G major BWV 884 2’03
  • Fugue XV in G major BWV 884 1’10
  • Prélude XVI in G minor BWV 885 3’35
  • Fugue XVI in G minor BWV 885 2’33
  • Prélude XVII in A flat major BWV 886 3’55
  • Fugue XVII in A flat major BWV 886 2’12
  • Prélude XVIII in G sharp minor BWV 887 3’53
  • Fugue XVIII in G sharp minor BWV 887 4’48
  • Prélude XIX in A major BWV 888 1’49
  • Fugue XIX in A major BWV 888 1’32
  • Prélude XX in A minor BWV 889 5’22
  • Fugue XX in A minor BWV 889 1’39
  • Prélude XXI in B flat major BWV 890 8’00
  • Fugue XXI in B flat major BWV 890 3’00
  • Prélude XXII in B flat minor BWV 891 4’03
  • Fugue XXII in B flat minor BWV 891 3’31
  • Prélude XXIII in B major BWV 892 2’31
  • Fugue XXIII in B major BWV 892 3’55
  • Prélude XXIV in B minor BWV 893 1’59
  • Fugue XXIV in B minor BWV 893 1’46

 

Cédric Pescia was born in Lausanne and holds joint Swiss and French nationality. He studied at the Conservatoires of Lausanne (Christian Favre) and Geneva (Dominique Merlet), the Universität der Künste in Berlin (Klaus Hellwig) and the Lake Como International Piano Academy (Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, William Grant Naboré, Fou Ts’ong). Alongside this he received advanced tuition from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Irwin Gage, Ilan Gronich, Christian Zacharias and the Alban Berg Quartet. He won first prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition 2002 in Salt Lake City, USA. Cédric Pescia appears in recital and with orchestra in Europe, the USA, China and South America. His notable engagements have included the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Prague Spring, the Lucerne Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival, the Davos Festival and Klavierfestival Ruhr.

He enjoys a longstanding artistic partnership with the violinist Nurit Stark and is artistic director of the Lausanne chamber music series Ensemble enScène.

Cédric Pescia has been awarded a scholarship from the Fondation Leenaards of Lausanne and the Music Prize of the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture. In 2012 he was appointed professor of piano at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.

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