Johann Sebastian Bach: Inventionen & Sinfonias Bwv
Andras Schiff (Clavichord)
Following his groundbreaking recording of some of Johann Sebastian Bach's most important piano works, András Schiff, one of the great Bach interpreters of our time, turns his attention to the composer's preferred instrument. According to Schiff, the sound of the clavichord is an invitation to "a new world, a quiet oasis in our noisy, restless times. Thanks to the clavichord, I now play and hear Bach differently." An intimate and personal instrument - "a very gentle creature, ideal to play alone for oneself" - it can also be, as Schiff notes, a demanding and unforgiving "teacher." "On the clavichord, we have only our fingers at our disposal; they must produce the music with the finest gradations of touch." The early piano works are the focus here, bringing us closer to the sounds of Bach's time and the "cantabile art" of the clavichord. The album begins with the Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratro dilettissmo, leads through the Inventions and Symphonies, and concludes with an outstanding interpretation of the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue. On this recording, Schiff's first on the clavichord, he plays a replica of a 1743 Specken instrument by Belgian instrument maker Joris Potvlieghe. The album was recorded in the Chamber Music Hall of Bonn's Beethoven House and produced by Manfred Eicher.