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The Well-Tempered Clavier I & II

Dina Ugorskaja

The Well-Tempered Clavier I & II

Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085535033
Catnr: AVI 8553503
Release date: 30 September 2016
CD (5 items)
 
Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085535033
Catalogue number
AVI 8553503
Release date
30 September 2016

"Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: Forget-Me-Nots And Intimations Of Mortality (Classical CD Of The Week)"

Forbes, 11-10-2017
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For this new release, pianist Dina Ugorskaja has recorded Book I and II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in Cooperation with Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich. On interpreting these works, Dina writes: “One essential aspect in this project was the experience of returning to my early encounters with Bach’s music: to try to remember what it had been like when I heard it for the first time. I tried to free myself from certain clichés that had ‘gotten stuck’ in a series of interpretations. This was particularly difficult in Volume I, since I had often heard those pieces in the hands of outstanding performers.” Dina Ugorskaja gave her debut performance when she was only seven years old in the Philharmonic Hall at Saint Petersburg. Not only is she an outstanding pianist, she is also a vocalist specializing in early music, and has written a number of chamber works.

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Dina Ugorskaja (piano)

Born in Leningrad (now once more Saint Petersburg) into an artistic family of Jewish origin, Dina Ugorskaja started learning the piano when she was young, as well as voice and composition. In 1990, when she was fifteen years old, she became the target of anti-Semitic threats; her family had to leave the Soviet Union abruptly, and they fled together to Germany. The “philosopher at the piano” has made herself a name with a performance style marked by profound sensitivity and sobriety. Her engagements have led her to make solo appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Sala Verdi in Milan, and Radio France Auditorium in Paris. She has been invited to perform at festivals including the...
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Born in Leningrad (now once more Saint Petersburg) into an artistic family of Jewish origin, Dina Ugorskaja started learning the piano when she was young, as well as voice and composition. In 1990, when she was fifteen years old, she became the target of anti-Semitic threats; her family had to leave the Soviet Union abruptly, and they fled together to Germany.
The “philosopher at the piano” has made herself a name with a performance style marked by profound sensitivity and sobriety.
Her engagements have led her to make solo appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Sala Verdi in Milan, and Radio France Auditorium in Paris. She has been invited to perform at festivals including the Schubertiade in Feldkirch and the Kassel Music Festival.

Dina Ugorskaja is also passionately committed to chamber music: for instance, ever since her participation at Lars Vogt’s chamber music festival Spannungen in Heimbach, she has formed a duo together with the renowned cellist Tanja Tetzlaff.
2019 marked the 10th anniversary of her fruitful collaboration with the CAvi-Music label. In coproduction with Bavarian Radio (Munich), she has released recordings of Handel suites, late Schumann works, the six last Beethoven sonatas, and both volumes of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier – all of which have been praised by critics.

Regarding her recording of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata, Eleonore Büning wrote in the Frankfurter Allgemeine: The immense Adagio sostenuto, bearing the indication that it is to be played ‘passionately and with much feeling’, is rendered as a sublime, radiant hymn, and one would no longer want to hear it any other way.
Regarding her recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Crescendo magazine wrote in October 2016: The listener does not feel directly addressed, but rather as the silent witness of these intimate dialogues between Bach, God, and the universe – thanks to the fact that Dina Ugorskaja always maintains a noble distance that protects the inner fragility of Bach’s musical discourse. […] This is an impressive manifesto for the freedom of the human intellect.” Ugorskaja’s recordings for CAvi-music have been repeatedly nominated for the International Classical Music Awards and for the German Music Critics’ Prize. Her last album with works by Schubert received the ICMA award posthum.
​​​​​​​ Dina Ugorskaja passed away after a long period of illness in September 2019.


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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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Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: Forget-Me-Nots And Intimations Of Mortality (Classical CD Of The Week)
Forbes, 11-10-2017

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Disc #1
01.
No. 1 C-Dur / in C major BWV 846: Prelude
01:32
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
02.
No. 1 C-Dur / in C major BWV 846: Fugue I
02:12
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
03.
No. 2 C-Moll / In C minor BWV 847: Prelude
01:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
04.
No. 2 C-Moll / In C minor BWV 847: Fugue II
01:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
05.
No. 3 Cis-Dur / in C sharp major BWV 848: Prelude
01:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
06.
No. 3 Cis-Dur / in C sharp major BWV 848: Fugue III
02:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
07.
No. 4 Cis-Moll / in C sharp minor BWV 849: Prelude
03:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
08.
No. 4 Cis-Moll / in C sharp minor BWV 849: Fugue IV
06:00
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
09.
No. 5 D-Dur / in D major BWV 850: Prelude
01:16
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
10.
No. 5 D-Dur / in D major BWV 850: Fugue V
02:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
11.
No. 6 D-Moll / in D minor BWV 851: Prelude
01:30
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
12.
No. 6 D-Moll / in D minor BWV 851: Fugue VI
02:30
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
13.
No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat major BWV 852: Prelude
06:57
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
14.
No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat major BWV 852: Fugue VII
01:58
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
15.
No. 8 Es-Moll / in E flat minor BWV 853: Prelude
04:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
16.
No. 8 Es-Moll / in E flat minor BWV 853: Fugue VIII
06:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
17.
No. 9 E-Dur / in E major BWV 854: Prelude
01:33
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
18.
No. 9 E-Dur / in E major BWV 854: Fugue IX
01:29
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
19.
No. 10 E-Moll / in E minor BWV 855: Prelude
02:42
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
20.
No. 10 E-Moll / in E minor BWV 855: Fugue X
01:44
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
21.
No. 11 F-Dur / in F major BWV 856: Prelude
01:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
22.
No. 11 F-Dur / in F major BWV 856: Fugue XI
01:38
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
23.
No. 12 F-Moll / in F minor BWV 857: Prelude
02:24
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
24.
No. 12 F-Moll / in F minor BWV 857: Fugue XII
04:04
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
25.
No. 13 Fis-Dur / in F sharp major BWV 858: Prelude
01:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
26.
No. 13 Fis-Dur / in F sharp major BWV 858: Fugue XIII
02:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
27.
No. 14 Fis-Moll / in F sharp minor BWV 859: Prelude
01:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
28.
No. 14 Fis-Moll / in F sharp minor BWV 859: Fugue XIV
01:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja

Disc #2
01.
No. 15 G-Dur / in G major BWV 860: Prelude
00:55
02.
No. 15 G-Dur / in G major BWV 860: Fugue XV
03:24
03.
No. 16 G-Moll / in G minor BWV 861: Prelude
02:45
04.
No. 16 G-Moll / in G minor BWV 861: Fugue XVI
02:15
05.
No. 17 As-Dur / in A flat major BWV 862: Prelude
01:15
06.
No. 17 As-Dur / in A flat major BWV 862: Fugue XVII
03:50
07.
No. 18 Gis-Moll / G sharp minor BWV 863: Prelude
01:42
08.
No. 18 Gis-Moll / G sharp minor BWV 863: Fugue XVIII
03:45
09.
No. 19 A-Dur / in A major BWV 864: Prelude
01:24
10.
No. 19 A-Dur / in A major BWV 864: Fugue XIV
02:34
11.
No. 20 A-Moll / in A minor BWV 865: Prelude
01:05
12.
No. 20 A-Moll / in A minor BWV 865: Fugue XX
05:06
13.
No. 21 B-Dur / in B flat major BWV 866: Prelude
01:24
14.
No. 21 B-Dur / in B flat major BWV 866: Fugue XXI
02:04
15.
No. 22 B-Moll / in B flat minor BWV 867: Prelude
03:39
16.
No. 22 B-Moll / in B flat minor BWV 867: Fugue XXII
03:44
17.
No. 23 H-Dur / in B major BWV 868: Prelude
01:13
18.
No. 23 H-Dur / in B major BWV 868: Fugue XXIII
03:09
19.
No. 24 H-Moll / in B minor BWV 869: Prelude
07:32
20.
No. 24 H-Moll / in B minor BWV 869: Fugue XXIV
08:55

Disc #3
01.
Book II No. 1 C-Dur / in C major BWV 870: Prelude
02:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
02.
Book II No. 1 C-Dur / in C major BWV 870: Fugue I
01:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
03.
Book II No. 2 C-Moll / In C minor BWV 871: Prelude
03:27
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
04.
Book II No. 2 C-Moll / In C minor BWV 871: Fugue II
02:49
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
05.
Book II No. 3 Cis-Dur / in C sharp major BWV 872: Prelude
02:02
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
06.
Book II No. 3 Cis-Dur / in C sharp major BWV 872: Fugue III
02:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
07.
Book II No. 4 Cis-Moll / in C sharp minor BWV 873: Prelude
04:15
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
08.
Book II No. 4 Cis-Moll / in C sharp minor BWV 873: Fugue IV
02:14
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
09.
Book II No. 5 D-Dur / in D major BWV 874: Prelude
03:37
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
10.
Book II No. 5 D-Dur / in D major BWV 874: Fugue V
04:04
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
11.
Book II No. 6 D-Moll / in D minor BWV 875: Prelude
01:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
12.
Book II No. 6 D-Moll / in D minor BWV 875: Fugue VI
02:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
13.
Book II No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat major BWV 876: Prelude
02:29
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
14.
Book II No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat major BWV 876: Fugue VII
03:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
15.
Book II No. 8 Es-Moll / in E flat minor BWV 877: Prelude
05:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
16.
Book II No. 8 Es-Moll / in E flat minor BWV 877: Fugue VIII
03:37
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja

Disc #4
01.
No. 9 E-Dur / in E major BWV 878: Prelude
05:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
02.
No. 9 E-Dur / in E major BWV 878: Fugue IX
04:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
03.
No. 10 E-Moll / in E minor BWV 879: Prelude
03:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
04.
No. 10 E-Moll / in E minor BWV 879: Fugue X
02:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
05.
No. 11 F-Dur / in F major BWV 880: Prelude
04:14
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
06.
No. 11 F-Dur / in F major BWV 880: Fugue XI
01:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
07.
No. 12 F-Moll / in F minor BWV 881: Prelude
05:15
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
08.
No. 12 F-Moll / in F minor BWV 881: Fugue XII
02:05
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
09.
No. 13 Fis-Dur / in F sharp major BWV 882: Prelude
02:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
10.
No. 13 Fis-Dur / in F sharp major BWV 882: Fugue XIII
02:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
11.
No. 14 Fis-Moll / in F sharp minor BWV 883: Prelude
03:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
12.
No. 14 Fis-Moll / in F sharp minor BWV 883: Fugue XIV
05:34
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
13.
No. 15 G-Dur / in G major BWV 884: Prelude
02:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
14.
No. 15 G-Dur / in G major BWV 884: Fugue XV
01:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
15.
No. 16 G-Moll / in G minor BWV 885: Prelude
03:06
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
16.
No. 16 G-Moll / in G minor BWV 885: Fugue XVI
03:18
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja

Disc #5
01.
No. 17 As-Dur / in A flat major BWV 886: Prelude
03:27
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
02.
No. 17 As-Dur / in A flat major BWV 886: Fugue XVII
03:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
03.
No. 18 Gis-Moll / G sharp minor BWV 887: Prelude
05:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
04.
No. 18 Gis-Moll / G sharp minor BWV 887: Fugue XVIII
06:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
05.
No. 19 A-Dur / in A major BWV 888: Prelude
02:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
06.
No. 19 A-Dur / in A major BWV 888: Fugue XIV
01:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
07.
No. 20 A-Moll / in A minor BWV 889: Prelude
06:21
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
08.
No. 20 A-Moll / in A minor BWV 889: Fugue XX
02:00
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
09.
No. 21 B-Dur / in B flat major BWV 890: Prelude
08:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
10.
No. 21 B-Dur / in B flat major BWV 890: Fugue XXI
03:29
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
11.
No. 22 B-Moll / in B flat minor BWV 891: Prelude
04:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
12.
No. 22 B-Moll / in B flat minor BWV 891: Fugue XXII
05:12
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
13.
No. 23 H-Dur / in B major BWV 892: Prelude
02:06
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
14.
No. 23 H-Dur / in B major BWV 892: Fugue XXIII
05:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
15.
No. 24 H-Moll / in B minor BWV 893: Prelude
02:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
16.
No. 24 H-Moll / in B minor BWV 893: Fugue XXIV
02:59
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Dina Ugorskaja
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