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Prom 63: A thoughtful, sober, and understated performance by Andras Schiff playing The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II / INDEPENDENT

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Imagine an actor playing Hamlet. Then imagine him also taking every other role in the play as well – from memory, without an interval, alone on stage in front of an audience of thousands. That is what it means for a pianist to perform the complete Book II of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier at the Proms.  24 Preludes and Fugues – almost three hours of intricate, inventive, elusive music – played as a single, continuous gesture is an almost unthinkable feat. But if we fetishize the spectacle of the thing, the musical circus, we miss the point of this thoughtful, sober, even understated performance by Andras Schiff.   PHOTO: Chris Christodoulou

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