Schaghajegh Nosrati

The Well-Tempered Clavier I

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Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085535095
Catnr: AVI 8553509
Release date: 17 June 2022
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CAvi
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AVI 8553509
Release date
17 June 2022
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Reflections on the Well-Tempered Clavier

Hailed by Hans von Bülow as the “Old Testament” of music history, the Well-Tempered Clavier has been the object of a substantial amount of publications and research over the past three centuries. A detailed analysis would surpass the limits of a CD booklet and could not do justice to the work’s complexity: readers will thus excuse me for limiting myself to a few personal remarks.

The Well-Tempered Clavier from a current perspective

We are now in the year 2022: as chance would have it, this CD’s release coincides with the 300th anniversary of the first volume of the Well-Tempered Clavier. Our lifestyle has changed in many ways over the past three centuries. We travel at much greater speed; we develop an increasing number of technologies and digital means of communication. Trained specialists are responsible for every area of our lives. But have we truly made progress?

Excessive global travel, as we know, has an alarming impact on climate. While many areas of our life become digital, communication is made simpler but ultimately only leads to mental lethargy, social isolation, and emotional impoverishment.

Specialists turn out to be one-track minds who accumulate isolated bits of knowledge – indeed, as ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus remarked, “knowing many things doesn’t teach insight.” Insight thus not only requires for us to have knowledge, but also for us to broaden our horizons. And that is exactly what is so fascinating about the Well-Tempered Clavier.

It is one of those works that are not only capable of transmitting a great deal of knowledge, but also of revealing profound insight into the essence of music and mankind. Hardly any other composer ever combined so many heterogeneous elements and related them to one another. Bach’s view of the world was all-encompassing: thus, with the Well-Tempered Clavier, we not only embark on a journey through all 24 keys, but also spanning every facet of human existence….. ……... (from the booklet notes by Schaghajegh Nosrati)
Zum Wohltemperierten Klavier, das (laut Hans von Bülow) als „Altes Testament“ der Musikgeschichte betrachtet werden kann, wurde in den vergangenen Jahrhunderten viel geforscht und publiziert. Man möge mir daher verzeihen, dass ich mich in den nachfolgenden Zeilen auf einige persönliche Gedanken beschränke, da eine detailliertere Analyse den Rahmen eines solchen Booklets zwangsläufig sprengen müsste und der Komplexität des Werks nicht gerecht werden könnte.

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier aus der heutigen Sicht Wir schreiben das Jahr 2022, und wie es der Zufall will, fällt die Veröffentlichung dieser CD mit dem 300-jährigen Entstehungsjubiläum des Wohltemperierten Klaviers (Band 1) zusammen. Vergleicht man die heutige Lebensweise mit derjenigen vor 300 Jahren, fallen uns viele Veränderungen auf. Wir reisen schneller, entwickeln immer mehr digitale Kommunikationsmittel und Technologien und haben für nahezu jeden Bereich eigens ausgebildete Spezialisten. Aber sind wir deswegen fortschrittlicher geworden? Das exzessive Reisen hat bedenkliche Auswirkungen auf das Klima. Die Verlagerung vieler Lebensbereiche auf den digitalen Raum vereinfacht scheinbar die Kommunikation, führt aber letztlich nur zu geistiger Trägheit, sozialer Abschottung und emotionaler Verkümmerung. Und was die vielgepriesenen Spezialisten angeht, so entpuppen sich auch diese zumeist als Fachidioten, die sich der Anhäufung von isoliertem Wissen verschrieben haben. Man denke an den klugen Ausspruch des Philosophen Heraklit: „Viele Dinge zu wissen, bedeutet noch nicht, sie zu verstehen.“ Das Verstehen setzt also nicht nur das Wissen, sondern auch ein Denken in größeren Kontexten und Zusammenhängen voraus. Und genau darin liegt das Faszinosum des Wohltemperierten Klaviers: Es ist eines der Werke, in denen nicht nur viel Wissen, sondern auch ein tiefes Verständnis über das Wesen der Musik und des Menschen zum Vorschein kommt. Kaum ein anderer Komponist ist in der Lage, so viele heterogene Elemente zu kombinieren und miteinander in Beziehung zu setzen wie Johann Sebastian Bach. Sein Blick auf die Welt ist ein umfassender, und so begeben wir uns mit dem Wohltemperierten Klavier nicht nur auf eine Reise durch alle 24 Tonarten, sondern auch durch sämtliche Facetten der menschlichen Existenz……... (aus dem Booklettext von Schaghajegh Nosrati)

Artist(s)

SCHAGHAJEGH NOSRATI Piano

Born in Bochum in 1989, Schaghajegh Nosrati is highly regarded as a versatile musician. Due to
her excellent reputation as an interpreter of Bach’s music, she was able to establish herself as a
concert pianist at a young age. Her international breakthrough came through increasing musical
collaboration with Sir András Schiff, who has praised the “astonishing clarity, purity, and maturity”
of her musical approach, particularly reflected in her renditions of Bach.

After many years of working with Rainer Maria Klaas, Schaghajegh Nosrati studied under the guidance
of Einar Steen-Nökleberg, Christopher Oakden, and Ewa Kupiec at the Hanover University of Music,
Drama, and Media, where she obtained her Artist Diploma (Konzertexamen). She completed a further
artist diploma degree in 2020 as a student of Sir András Schiff at the Barenboim-Said Academy in
Berlin, and received further valuable artistic counsel from Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, and Daniel
Barenboim.

From 2014 to 2021 she made guest appearances at major music venues including the Konzerthaus
Berlin, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Tonhalle in Zurich, Vancouver Playhouse, 92Y New York,
the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and the Philharmonie
in Berlin. In 2017 she went on tour for the first time to China, where she gave acclaimed
début performances in Beijing and Shanghai.

Stepping in for Radu Lupu, she gave her début performance at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin in 2019;
a further highlight in her career was the joint tour with Sir András Schiff and his Cappella Andrea
Barca Chamber Orchestra in 2018 with performances of Bach’s concertos for two keyboards at venues
including the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Düsseldorf Tonhalle and the KKL Lucerne.

Her first two CDs were released on the label Genuin: Bach’s Art of Fugue (2015) and Bach’s keyboard
concertos BWV 1052-1054 with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin (2017). Her third CD was
released in October 2019 on the CAvi-music label label as a coproduction with Deutschlandfunk Kultur:
it features a selection of solo piano works by French composer Charles Valentin Alkan, including
Concerto pour piano seul. Her first recording with orchestra appeared on the CPO label:
Piano concertos by Anton Rubinstein, together with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
Back to J.S. Bach, the young pianist recorded the Six Paritas BWV 825-830 as a coproduction with
Radio Bremen (CAvi-music).

Parallel to her performance activities, Schaghajegh Nosrati engaged herself in the area of music
education very early on. From 2015 to 2019 she taught piano at the Hanover University of Music,
Drama, and Media; since 2020 she has been the assistant of Sir András Schiff at the Barenboim-Said
Academy in Berlin.
www.nosrati-pianist.com

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Disc #1
01.
No. 1 C-Dur / in C major BWV 846: Präludium / Prelude
01:51
02.
No. 1 C-Dur / in C major BWV 846: Fuge / Fugue I à 4
01:53
03.
No. 2 C-Moll / In C minor BWV 847: Präludium / Prelude
01:44
04.
No. 2 C-Moll / In C minor BWV 847: Fuge / Fugue II à 3
01:37
05.
No. 3 Cis-Dur / in C sharp major BWV 848: Präludium / Prelude
01:29
06.
No. 3 Cis-Dur / in C sharp major BWV 848: Fuge / Fugue III à 3
02:18
07.
No. 4 Cis-Moll / in C sharp minor BWV 849: Präludium / Prelude
02:31
08.
No. 4 Cis-Moll / in C sharp minor BWV 849: Fuge / Fugue IV à 5
03:48
09.
No. 5 D-Dur / in D major BWV 850: Präludium / Prelude
01:14
10.
No. 5 D-Dur / in D major BWV 850: Fuge / Fugue V à 4
01:53
11.
No. 6 D-Moll / in D minor BWV 851: Präludium / Prelude
01:51
12.
No. 6 D-Moll / in D minor BWV 851: Fuge / Fugue VI à 3
02:11
13.
No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat major BWV 852: Präludium / Prelude
03:22
14.
No. 7 Es-Dur / in E flat major BWV 852: Fuge / Fugue VII à 3
01:51
15.
No. 8 Es-Moll / in E flat minor BWV 853: Präludium / Prelude
03:14
16.
No. 8 Es-Moll / in E flat minor BWV 853: Fuge / Fugue VIII à 3
03:57
17.
No. 9 E-Dur / in E major BWV 854: Präludium / Prelude
01:24
18.
No. 9 E-Dur / in E major BWV 854: Fuge / Fugue IX à 3
01:14
19.
No. 10 E-Moll / in E minor BWV 855: Präludium / Prelude
02:00
20.
No. 10 E-Moll / in E minor BWV 855: Fuge / Fugue X à 2
01:06
21.
No. 11 F-Dur / in F major BWV 856: Präludium / Prelude
01:03
22.
No. 11 F-Dur / in F major BWV 856: Fuge / Fugue XI à 3
01:15
23.
No. 12 F-Moll / in F minor BWV 857: Präludium / Prelude
01:59
24.
No. 12 F-Moll / in F minor BWV 857: Fuge / Fugue XII à 4
03:34

Disc #2
01.
No. 13 Fis-Dur / in F sharp major BWV 858: Präludium / Prelude
01:44
02.
No. 13 Fis-Dur / in F sharp major BWV 858: Fuge / Fugue XIII à 3
02:08
03.
No. 14 Fis-Moll / in F sharp minor BWV 859: Präludium / Prelude
00:55
04.
No. 14 Fis-Moll / in F sharp minor BWV 859: Fuge / Fugue XIV à 4
02:30
05.
No. 15 G-Dur / in G major BWV 860: Präludium / Prelude
00:49
06.
No. 15 G-Dur / in G major BWV 860: Fuge / Fugue XV à 3
02:39
07.
No. 16 G-Moll / in G minor BWV 861: Präludium / Prelude
02:00
08.
No. 16 G-Moll / in G minor BWV 861: Fuge / Fugue XVI à 4
01:34
09.
No. 17 As-Dur / in A flat major BWV 862: Präludium / Prelude
01:16
10.
No. 17 As-Dur / in A flat major BWV 862: Fuge / Fugue XVII à 4
02:24
11.
No. 18 Gis-Moll / G sharp minor BWV 863: Präludium / Prelude
01:25
12.
No. 18 Gis-Moll / G sharp minor BWV 863: Fuge / Fugue XVIII à 4
02:42
13.
No. 19 A-Dur / in A major BWV 864: Präludium / Prelude
01:20
14.
No. 19 A-Dur / in A major BWV 864: Fuge / Fugue XIV à 3
02:10
15.
No. 20 A-Moll / in A minor BWV 865: Präludium / Prelude
00:56
16.
No. 20 A-Moll / in A minor BWV 865: Fuge / Fugue XX à 4
03:57
17.
No. 21 B-Dur / in B flat major BWV 866: Präludium / Prelude
01:13
18.
No. 21 B-Dur / in B flat major BWV 866: Fuge / Fugue XXI à 3
01:51
19.
No. 22 B-Moll / in B flat minor BWV 867: Präludium / Prelude
02:22
20.
No. 22 B-Moll / in B flat minor BWV 867: Fuge / Fugue XXII à 5
02:38
21.
No. 23 H-Dur / in B major BWV 868: Präludium / Prelude
01:00
22.
No. 23 H-Dur / in B major BWV 868: Fuge / Fugue XXIII à 4
02:06
23.
No. 24 H-Moll / in B minor BWV 869: Präludium / Prelude
04:53
24.
No. 24 H-Moll / in B minor BWV 869: Fuge / Fugue XXIV
05:33
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