András Schiff’s time at the ECM label has resulted in a constant stream of magnificent recordings, the fruits of a long career revisiting the great keyboard literature. He has always been a devoted Bach pianist, and this set of the complete Das wohltemperierte Klavier—his second version—finds him relishing the wit, vitality, and variety of this endlessly rewarding score. Schiff has found a totally engaging way with Bach on the modern piano, and he plays in a manner that’s now more conversational, more refined in its phrasing, and leaner in its approach. Here’s a master at work.
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: Präludium C-Dur, BWV 846