CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 8 PM

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The New York Times wrote of Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Bach, “… the music had a severe and wondrous beauty.” Aimard performs the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a set of 24 preludes and fugues in the 12 major and minor keys. Here, Bach takes an academic tuning exercise and creates one of the great keyboard works, renowned for its intellectual depth and technical brilliance.

Performers

  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

Program

  • BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

Audio

Bach's Art of the Fugue - Contrapunctus 9. a 4 alla Duodecima
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

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Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

Each book of The Well-Tempered Clavier contains 24 preludes and fugues in the 12 major and minor keys, but Bach transformed what could have potentially been an academic exercise that explored a new tuning system into one of the greatest keyboard works in history. Harpsichordists and pianists have all embraced the work, which was even performed on the Moog synthesizer by Wendy Carlos in the late 1960s.

This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos II.

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