Arthur Villar | The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

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The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

by Arthur Villar

Described by Hans von Bülow as "the old testament of music", Bach's WTC is among the great heritages of western culture. Combining brilliant playing with an acute sense of structure and form, Arthur Villar sheds new light on this magnificent work.
Genre: Classical: Baroque
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1. Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846
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2. Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846
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3. Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847
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4. Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847
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5. Prelude No. 3 in C Sharp Major, BWV 848
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6. Fugue No. 3 in C Sharp Major, BWV 848
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7. Prelude No. 4 in C Sharp Minor, BWV 849
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8. Fugue No. 4 in C Sharp Minor, BWV 849
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9. Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850
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10. Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850
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11. Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851
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12. Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851
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13. Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
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14. Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
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15. Prelude No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
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16. Fugue No. 8 in D Sharp Minor, BWV 853
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17. Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854
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18. Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854
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19. Prelud No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855
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20. Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855
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21. Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856
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22. Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856
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23. Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857
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24. Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857
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25. Prelude No. 13 in F Sharp Major, BWV 858
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26. Fugue No. 13 in F Sharp Major, BWV 858
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27. Prelude No. 14 in F Sharp Minor, BWV 859
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28. Fugue No. 14 in F Sharp Minor, BWV 859
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29. Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860
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30. Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860
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31. Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861
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32. Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861
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33. Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
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34. Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
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35. Prelude No. 18 in G Sharp Minor, BWV 863
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36. Fugue No. 18 in G Sharp Minor, BWV 863
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37. Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864
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38. Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864
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39. Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865
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40. Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865
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41. Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
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42. Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
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43. Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
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44. Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
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45. Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868
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46. Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868
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47. Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869
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48. Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Among his achievements, he won the first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in Sao Paulo (Brazil), in 2007, for his piano performing and musical excellence and performed in 2009 the entire first book of the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S.Bach at the Forum Internacional del Piano de Barcelona. In February 2008 Arthur Villar was granted a scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at the internationally acclaimed Hartt School (University of Hartford) under the tutelage of Professor Luiz de Moura Castro. The present recording of Bach’s monumental Well-Tempered Clavier took place at Oktaven Audio (NY) with producer Ryan Streber and was released in February 2013.

"Arthur Villar's recent performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier I at the Hartt School showed remarkable insight and imagination. He imbued each Prelude and Fugue with a distinct personality and revealed structural details rarely heard in other performances, live or recorded. His treatment of recitative passages in the Preludes stood out for its blend of freedom and structure. Moreover, his rendering of Bach's compound line, for example in the Bb major Fugue, was unique, thanks to innovative phrasing and articulation. In short, Mr. Villar promises to become a major Bach pianist of our time."
Ira Braus/2010
Prof of Music History
Ph.D. from Harvard University


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