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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I

by Sergey Schepkin

"An extraordinary young pianist…complete technical control and restless intelligence…Schepkin's lofty perspective held one mesmerized…Clear, penetrating and bristling with life…a major technique…a major Bach pianist." —The New York Times
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 1. Prelude I in C Major, BWV 846
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2. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 2. Fugue I in C Major, BWV 846
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3. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 3. Prelude II in C Minor, BWV 847
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4. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 4. Fugue II in C Minor, BWV 847
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5. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 5. Prelude III in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
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6. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 6. Fugue III in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
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7. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 7. Prelude IV in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
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8. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 8. Fugue IV in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
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9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 9. Prelude V in D Major, BWV 850
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10. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 10. Fugue V in D Major, BWV 850
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11. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 11. Prelude VI in D Minor, BWV 851
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12. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 12. Fugue VI in D Minor, BWV 851
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13. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 13. Prelude VII in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
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14. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 14. Fugue VII in E-Flat, BWV 852
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15. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 15. Prelude VIII in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
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16. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 16. Fugue VIII in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 853
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17. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 17. Prelude IX in E Major, BWV 854
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18. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 18. Fugue IX in E Major, BWV 854
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19. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 19. Prelude X in E Minor, BWV 855
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20. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 20. Fugue X in E Minor, BWV 855
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21. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 21. Prelude XI in F Major, BWV 856
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22. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 22. Fugue XI in F Major, BWV 856
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23. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 23. Prelude XII in F Minor, BWV 857
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24. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 24. Fugue XII in F Minor, BWV 857
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25. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 25. Prelude XIII in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858
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26. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 26. Fugue XIII in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858
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27. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 27. Prelude XIV in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
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28. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 28. Fugue XIV in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
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29. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 29. Prelude XV in G Major, BWV 860
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30. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 30. Fugue XV in G Major, BWV 860
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31. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 31. Prelude XVI in G Minor, BWV 861
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32. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 32. Fugue XVI in G Minor, BWV 861
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33. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 33. Prelude XVII in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
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34. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 34. Fugue XVII in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
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35. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 35. Prelude XVIII in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
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36. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 36. Fugue XVIII in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
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37. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 37. Prelude XIX in A Major, BWV 864
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38. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 38. Fugue XIX in A Major, BWV 864
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39. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 39. Prelude XX in A Minor, BWV 865
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40. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 40. Fugue XX in A Minor, BWV 865
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41. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 41. Prelude XXI in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
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42. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 42. Fugue XXI in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
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43. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 43. Prelude XXII in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
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44. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 44. Fugue XXII in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
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45. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 45. Prelude XXIII in B Major, BWV 868
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46. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 46. Fugue XXIII in B Major, BWV 868
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47. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 47. Prelude XXIV in B Minor, BWV 869
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48. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 48. Fugue XXIV in B Minor, BWV 869
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I [01:55:32]

DISC 1
1-1. Prelude I in C Major, BWV 846 [02:09]
1-2. Fugue I in C Major, BWV 846 [01:48]
1-3. Prelude II in C Minor, BWV 847 [01:30]
1-4. Fugue II in C Minor, BWV 847 [01:32]
1-5. Prelude III in C-sharp Major, BWV 848 [01:10]
1-6. Fugue III in C-sharp Major, BWV 848 [02:09]
1-7. Prelude IV in C-sharp Minor, BWV 849 [02:41]
1-8. Fugue IV in C-sharp Minor, BWV 849 [04:28]
1-9. Prelude V in D Major, BWV 850 [01:11]
1-10. Fugue V in D Major, BWV 850 [01:42]
1-11. Prelude VI in D Minor, BWV 851 [01:12]
1-12. Fugue VI in D Minor, BWV 851 [02:50]
1-13. Prelude VII in E-flat Major, BWV 852 [04:35]
1-14. Fugue VII in E-flat, BWV 852 [01:31]
1-15. Prelude VIII in E-flat Minor, BWV 853 [03:44]
1-16. Fugue VIII in D-sharp Minor, BWV 853 [05:37]
1-17. Prelude IX in E Major, BWV 854 [01:25]
1-18. Fugue IX in E Major, BWV 854 [01:07]
1-19. Prelude X in E Minor, BWV 855 [02:34]
1-20. Fugue X in E Minor, BWV 855 [01:07]
1-21. Prelude XI in F Major, BWV 856 [01:00]
1-22. Fugue XI in F Major, BWV 856 [01:10]
1-23. Prelude XII in F Minor, BWV 857 [02:00]
1-24. Fugue XII in F Minor, BWV 857 [04:31]

Disc Playing Time [55:24]

DISC 2
2-1. Prelude XIII in F-sharp Major, BWV 858 [01:29]
2-2. Fugue XIII in F-sharp Major, BWV 858 [01:55]
2-3. Prelude XIV in F-sharp Minor, BWV 859 [00:58]
2-4. Fugue XIV in F-sharp Minor, BWV 859 [04:20]
2-5. Prelude XV in G Major, BWV 860 [00:47]
2-6. Fugue XV in G Major, BWV 860 [02:17]
2-7. Prelude XVI in G Minor, BWV 861 [02:45]
2-8. Fugue XVI in G Minor, BWV 861 [02:39]
2-9. Prelude XVII in A-flat Major, BWV 862 [01:10]
2-10. Fugue XVII in A-flat Major, BWV 862 [02:32]
2-11. Prelude XVIII in G-sharp Minor, BWV 863 [01:19]
2-12. Fugue XVIII in G-sharp Minor, BWV 863 [03:12]
2-13. Prelude XIX in A Major, BWV 864 [01:24]
2-14. Fugue XIX in A Major, BWV 864 [02:05]
2-15. Prelude XX in A Minor, BWV 865 [01:07]
2-16. Fugue XX in A Minor, BWV 865 [04:24]
2-17. Prelude XXI in B-flat Major, BWV 866 [01:13]
2-18. Fugue XXI in B-flat Major, BWV 866 [01:44]
2-19. Prelude XXII in B-flat Minor, BWV 867 [02:42]
2-20. Fugue XXII in B-flat Minor, BWV 867 [02:30]
2-21. Prelude XXIII in B Major, BWV 868 [01:09]
2-22. Fugue XXIII in B Major, BWV 868 [02:00]
2-23. Prelude XXIV in B Minor, BWV 869 [06:30]
2-24. Fugue XXIV in B Minor, BWV 869 [07:14]

Disc Playing Time [01:00:11]

SERGEY SCHEPKIN

Sergey Schepkin has performed worldwide, from the United States to Russia to Japan to New Zealand. He made his Carnegie Hall recital début in 1993 (at Weill Recital Hall) to an enthusiastic reception from the audience and The New York Times, and has performed for the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center; Celebrity Series of Boston; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the LACMA and Maestro Series in Los Angeles; the Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg; and the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, to name just a few.

Schepkin’s vast repertoire includes solo, concerto, and chamber works written over the past four hundred years. He is a renowned interpreter of keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as “a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays . . . with the clarity of a harpsichordist and the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould”. In its review of Schepkin’s recital of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier II, The Boston Globe described him as “an artist of uncommon, almost singular capability and integrity”. For the past twenty years, Schepkin has been embarked on a large-scale project that aims to record Bach’s entire keyboard output on the modern piano while having historical performance practice as a source of inspiration. His 1995 début CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was featured on the Fanfare Magazine Want List, and his Bach Partitas recordings were nominated for the Indie Award in 1997 and 1998. In 2001, International Piano selected his album of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier I as one of the best recordings of that work ever made. Schepkin’s second recording of the Goldberg Variations was released in Japan in November 2010, and was nominated as the Editor’s Choice by the Geijutsu arts magazine shortly thereafter. His new album of Bach’s French Suites and two Fantasias and Fugues was released on the Steinway & Sons label in November 2014 to enthusiastic reviews; it was featured as the CD of the Week by WGBH (Boston Public Radio), and named one of the CDs of the Year by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. His recordings of Schumann, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schnittke have all been warmly received as well.

Schepkin has performed concerti with Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Nikolai Alexeev, Max Hobart, Christian Knapp, Keith Lockhart, Jonathan McPhee, Edward Serov, and Vassily Sinaisky. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed with many renowned instrumentalists, including the Borromeo, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets. He plays in the Boston-based Trio Amici, where his partners are Lucia Lin, violin, and Owen Young, cello, both members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. An advocate of new music, Schepkin earned Sofia Gubaidulina’s praise for his interpretation of her piano Chaconne, and has collaborated with Leonardo Balada, Alan Fletcher, Michael Gandolfi, Nancy Galbraith, John Harbison, Daniel Pinkham, and Christopher Trapani. Schepkin is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, and a prizewinner of several international competitions, including the first and Chopin prizes in the 1999 New Orleans International Piano Competition, top prizes in the 1988 Crown Princess Sonja and 1985 All-Russia piano competitions, as well as first prize in the 1978 International Competition for Young Musicians in Prague.

A naturalized American, Schepkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov, and Alexander Ikharev, graduating summa cum laude in 1985. In 1987-89, he was Professor Ekaterina Murina’s assistant at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he also taught on the piano faculty in 1988-90. After his move to the United States in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned an Artist Diploma in 1992 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. In 1994-98, Schepkin was coached by the late legendary French-American pianist Paul Doguereau.

A sought-after teacher, Schepkin has presented master classes throughout the USA. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has taught since 2003. He is also an Affiliated Artist at MIT, and teaches at the New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education, as well as privately, in Boston. He was appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Boston University in 2011-13, taught at the Boston Conservatory in 2006-07, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Iowa in 1997-98. He was a member of the New England Conservatory Department of Music History in 1995-2006.

In the fall of 2014, Schepkin made his second recording of Bach’s Partitas (to be released later this year), and performed all of them as a cycle three times: in New York City; Pittsburgh; and at the Rockport Music festival in Massachusetts. In January 2015, he played recitals in London, Hannover, and Dublin, and taught for the Dublin Master Classes; in February 2015, he performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the Maestro Chamber Music Series in Los Angeles and at the New School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In June 2015, he will return to London to play Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488, with Chamber Philharmonic Europe for the Proms at St Jude’s festival.

Sergey Schepkin is a Steinway Artist.

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