brad mehldau After Bach (CD, £10.95)
‘A balance of space and intensity perfectly struck. An unaccompanied performance split between respectfully straight recitals of several JS Bach classics, and densely dazzling compositions and improvisations inspired by them.’ — Guardian. Brad Mehldau’s After Bach comprises the pianist/composer’s recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an ‘After Bach’ piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate. The album begins with Mehldau’s own ‘Before Bach: Benediction’ and ends with his ‘Prayer For Healing’. After Bach originated in a work Mehldau first performed in 2015 – commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, The National Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall – called Three Pieces After Bach.
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