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Pierre-Laurent Aimard - The Well-Tempered Clavier I / The Washington Post interview

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a thinker at the piano and a champion of contemporary music. Not until six years ago, already well-established in his career, did he make his first foray into Bach with The Art of Fugue. Now, he has returned to that composer; he is touring with Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier after taking a sabbatical from performing to immerse himself in the music. On Friday, he is coming to the Library of Congress with a program focusing on fugues, juxtaposing pieces from The Well-Tempered Clavier with works by Beethoven and Brahms. Last month, he spoke on the phone about Bach, about taking time off from performing and about his new baby, Arthur, born in August, with Tamara Stefanovich, an adventurous pianist in her own right. READ THE FULL Washington Post INTERVIEW.