J. S. Bach, John Lewis (2). J. Bach, John Lewis (2) - . Bach Preludes And Fugues From The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (CD, Album).
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FILE: John Lewis - . It's puzzling, then, to hear an album gone so wrong as Mr. Lewis's ''Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I'' (Philips). It is not straight classical Bach, swinging Bach or improvisations on Bach tunes, but an odd assortment of all three gambits - six Bach preludes and fugues (in C major, C minor, D minor, E-flat major, B-flat major and B-flat minor) played from the page, interspersed now and then with passages of ''chamber jazz.
Bass – Marc Johnson (2). Guitar – Howard Collins. Piano – John Lewis (2). Viola – Lois Martin. Bach Preludes And Fugues From The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (LP, Album).
Excerpt from Bach’s Fugue No. 22 in Bb Minor, BWV 867. Two sources for scores were used. For the Preludes, the Open Well-Tempered Clavier score from Musescore was used. For the Fugues, the public domain engraving by Kyle Rother using Lillypond software was chosen. As a consequence, you can easily compare the default engraving styles of Musescore and Lillypond, side by side. The video is over one hour and forty-nine minutes long. The theme occurs 24 times in this fugue. That's no coincidence; there are 24 fugues in the cycle of the Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1), two fugues for each of the twelve tonal keys - once in major, once in minor (2 x 12 24). Bach loved numbers, symbolism, and symmetry, so this is very likely his way of showing that he intended to write 24 fugues altogether. See if you can hear each entrance of the fugue while you listen to Kimiko Ishizaka performing it.
Lewis also relies on 'back-up' strings for some of the preludes, making them sound quite schmaltzy at times. Don't get me wrong here! I'm not denouncing what Lewis has done. I enjoy it. He's taken 'written' music by JS Bach and conflated it with his own sensibilities as an improviser. along with the 3 other volumes John Lewis recorded based on Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier Book 1. Import price, but well worth the extra money. I doubt there has ever been another pianist who could so beautifully suffuse Bach with a respectful jazz flavor. it is delicious, sensuous, cerebral and spiritual