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The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1
Johann Sebastian Bach

Jill Crossland

The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212011324
Catnr: SIGCD 113
Release date: 01 July 2008
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212011324
Catalogue number
SIGCD 113
Release date
01 July 2008
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About the album

Proving that Jill Crossland “well deserves her enviable reputation as a Bach pianist” (BBC Music Magazine), this superb recording of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1, is a great way to start the New Year. Colloquially known as the “48” from the two books of twenty-four preludes and fugues, these works form one of the great landmarks of keyboard repertoire. Bach’s own description from the title page of his copy of Book 1 reads “Preludes & Fugues through all tones and semitones including (both) major & minor (keys).” Schumann even referred to the work as his “daily bread”. Revered for her performances of Bach, Jill Crossland gives concerts across the world, first performing the complete Well-tempered Clavier from memory as a student in Manchester.

Artist(s)

Jill Crossland (piano)

Jill Crossland studied at Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Ryszard Bakst, and in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda and Sally Sargent. She performed the complete Well-tempered Clavier from memory as a student in Manchester and has always been closely associated with the work. Jill pursues an active concert and recording career in the UK and abroad, including regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank in London. She is particularly known for her performances of 18th-century music. Jill has also played at Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield and Blackheath Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Sage Gateshead, National Concert Hall Dublin, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus and Leipzig Gewandhaus and numerous performances for festivals and other venues....
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Jill Crossland studied at Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Ryszard Bakst, and in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda and Sally Sargent. She performed the complete Well-tempered Clavier from memory as a student in Manchester and has always been closely associated with the work. Jill pursues an active concert and recording career in the UK and abroad, including regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank in London. She is particularly known for her performances of 18th-century music. Jill has also played at Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield and Blackheath Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Sage Gateshead, National Concert Hall Dublin, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus and Leipzig Gewandhaus and numerous performances for festivals and other venues. Jill has been a member of the Musicians in Residence scheme, supported by funding from Arts Council England. She also participates in audience development projects in her native Yorkshire and the surrounding region.
Bach’s complete Well-tempered Clavier is also available on Signum; it has been described as ‘polished and compelling’ by International Record Review, and as ‘mesmerizing’ by Fanfare magazine. Jill has made other recordings of works by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Rameau, Mozart and Beethoven, including Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Among many critical plaudits: ‘She well deserves her enviable reputation as a Bach pianist.’ (BBC Music Magazine) and has been called ‘a highly individual [Bach] player’ and a ‘natural Mozartean’ (Penguin Guide to CDs), her playing described as having ‘intensity and real pathos’ (International Record Review), and her Beethoven as ‘delightful’ and ‘magnetic’ by turns (American Record Guide). Jill has appeared on radio and television, including performing on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and on RTE’s Late Late Show. She has also recorded a number of film and TV soundtracks, including work for the BFI and ITV. Jill’s recordings have also featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Disc #1
01.
No. 1 in C major BWV846: :Praeludium
02:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
02.
No. 1 in C major BWV846: :Fuga a 4 voci
02:32
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
03.
No. 2 in C minor BWV847: :Praeludium
01:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
04.
No. 2 in C minor BWV847: :Fuga a 3 voci
01:36
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
05.
No. 3 in C sharp major BWV848: :Praeludium
01:16
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
06.
No. 3 in C sharp major BWV848: :Fuga a 3 voci
02:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
07.
No. 4 in C sharp minor BWV849: :Praeludium
03:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
08.
No. 4 in C sharp minor BWV849: :Fuga a 5 voci
05:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
09.
No. 5 in D major BWV850: :Praeludium
01:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
10.
No. 5 in D major BWV850: :Fuga a 4 voci
02:08
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
11.
No. 6 in D minor BWV851: :Praeludium
01:18
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
12.
No. 6 in D minor BWV851: :Fuga a 3 voci
02:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
13.
No. 7 in E flat major BWV852: :Praeludium
03:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
14.
No. 7 in E flat major BWV852: :Fuga a 3 voci
01:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
15.
No. 8 in E flat minor BWV853: :Praeludium
04:37
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
16.
No. 8 in E flat minor BWV853: :Fuga a 3 voci
06:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
17.
No. 9 in E major BWV854: :Praeludium
01:27
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
18.
No. 9 in E major BWV854: :Fuga a 3 voci
01:15
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
19.
No. 10 in E minor BWV855: :Praeludium
02:21
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
20.
No. 10 in E minor BWV855: :Fuga a 2 voci
01:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
21.
No. 11 in F major BWV856: :Praeludium
01:02
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
22.
No. 11 in F major BWV856: :Fuga a 3 voci
01:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
23.
No. 12 in F minor BWV857: :Praeludium
02:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
24.
No. 12 in F minor BWV857: :Fuga a 4 voci
05:57
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland

Disc #2
01.
No. 13 in F sharp major BWV858: :Praeludium
01:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
02.
No. 13 in F sharp major BWV858: :Fuga a 3 voci
02:22
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
03.
No. 14 in F sharp minor BWV859: :Praeludium
00:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
04.
No. 14 in F sharp minor BWV859: :Fuga a 4 voci
03:18
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
05.
No. 15 in G major BWV860: :Praeludium
00:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
06.
No. 15 in G major BWV860: :Fuga a 3 voci
02:22
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
07.
No. 16 in G minor BWV861: :Praeludium
02:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
08.
No. 16 in G minor BWV861: :Fuga a 4 voci
02:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
09.
No. 17 in A flat major BWV862: :Praeludium
01:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
10.
No. 17 in A flat major BWV862: :Fuga a 4 voci
03:18
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
11.
No. 18 in G sharp minor BWV863: :Praeludium
02:05
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
12.
No. 18 in G sharp minor BWV863: :Fuga a 4 voci
03:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
13.
No. 19 in A major BWV864: :Praeludium
01:22
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
14.
No. 19 in A major BWV864: :Fuga a 3 voci
02:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
15.
No. 20 in A minor BWV865: :Praeludium
00:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
16.
No. 20 in A minor BWV865: :Fuga a 4 voci
04:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
17.
No. 21 in B flat major BWV866: :Praeludium
01:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
18.
No. 21 in B flat major BWV866: :Fuga a 3 voci
01:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
19.
No. 22 in B flat minor BWV867: :Praeludium
03:51
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
20.
No. 22 in B flat minor BWV867: :Fuga a 5 voci
03:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
21.
No. 23 in B major BWV868: :Praeludium
01:08
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
22.
No. 23 in B major BWV868: :Fuga a 4 voci
02:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
23.
No. 24 in B minor BWV869: :Praeludium
06:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
24.
No. 24 in B minor BWV869: :Fuga a 4 voci
08:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jill Crossland
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