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The Well-Tempered Clavier II Johann Sebastian Bach
Sergey Schepkin, piano
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“...the triumphant conclusion of a major recording project... In sum, if I call Schepkin's conception a masterly act of synthesis, I intend not censure but the highest compliment. What he has achieved is a performance rivaling the old-fashioned virtues of classic piano renderings like that of Samuel Feinberg... while profiting from the work of more recent scholars and harpsichordists like Ton Koopman and Colin Tilney. With all that, Schepkin's own winning musical personality is never obscured, and the final impression is of a musician who has succeeded totally in getting into Bach's skin. The recorded sound, as before, serves the performance beautifully, offering a crystal-clear acoustic in which polyphonic lines are heard in lucid mutual propulsion, and chords ring out with appropriate resonance and warmth. I look forward eagerly to whatever this marvelous musician will do next.”
   Bernard Jacobson, Fanfare

“Schepkin’s WTC II is thought-provoking, blissfully musical, remarkable in the depth and felicity of its detail…Schepkin stands out in my mind as the major Bach interpreter of his generation.”
   —American Record Guide

“Schepkin’s approach is bolder, more vibrant than that of Angela Hewitt, yet the range and variety of playing is comparable, showing a constantly individual grasp of the essence of Bach’s inspiration and the expressive range that lies beneath the surface of these apparently pedagogic exercises in polyphony.”
   —The Penguin Guide (three stars out of three)

“Thoughtful, undogmatic Bach-playing from a pianist who is unafraid to characterise individual pieces strongly and use the full resources of the piano.…undeniably beautiful control of nuance…worth listening to.”

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