With his first-ever recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1), released on Deutsche Grammophon, Trevor Pinnock explores the summit of Bach’s intellectual and contrapuntal mastery. Intuition plays a central role in Trevor’s music making, and he channels the formidable combination of instinctive understanding and in-depth knowledge of the scores into this recording.
“The Well-Tempered Clavier has been a source of learning and delight for generation after generation of musicians … Bach might have been surprised at how eventually it would become the foundation of Western music to our present day,” noted Trevor Pinnock. “Now it will be a central part of me for the rest of my life.”
“My journey with the Well-Tempered Clavier has been life long,” says Trevor. “I first encountered it at about 12 years old when someone gave me a pink and gold bound volume, the old Czerny edition, which we now know to be notoriously unreliable. This gave me hours of discovery. A few years later, I heard all the preludes and fugues played on the piano on the radio, and I was hooked. In my twenties I myself recorded some preludes and fugues for radio broadcast, and I knew then that one day I would play them all.”
Trevor explores his relationship with The Well-Tempered Clavier, highlights of his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon over the years, his thoughts on music and interpretation, and more in My Baroque, a video series audiences can explore on YouTube.