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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier II

by Sergey Schepkin

"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
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 1. Prelude I in C Major, BWV 870
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2. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 2. Fugue I in C Major, BWV 870
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3. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 3. Prelude II in C Minor, BWV 871
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4. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 4. Fugue II in C Minor, BWV 871
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5. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 5. Prelude III in C-sharp Major, BWV 872
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6. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 6. Fugue III in C-sharp Major, BWV 872
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7. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 7. Prelude IV in C-sharp Minor, BWV 873
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8. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 8. Fugue IV in C-sharp Minor, BWV 873
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9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 9. Prelude V in D Major, BWV 874
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10. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 10. Fugue V in D Major, BWV 874
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11. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 11. Prelude VI in D Minor, BWV 875
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12. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 12. Fugue VI in D Minor, BWV 875
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13. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 13. Prelude VII in E-flat Major, BWV 876
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14. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 14. Fugue VII in E-flat Major, BWV 876
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15. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 15. Prelude VIII in D-sharp Minor, BWV 877
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16. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 16. Fugue VIII in D-sharp Minor, BWV 877
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17. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 17. Prelude IX in E Major, BWV 878
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18. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 18. Fugue IX in E Major, BWV 878
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19. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 19. Prelude X in E Minor, BWV 879
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21. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 21. Prelude XI in F Major, BWV 880
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23. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 23. Prelude XII in F Minor, BWV 881
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24. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 24. Fugue XII in F Minor, BWV 881
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25. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 25. Prelude XIII in F-sharp Major, BWV 882
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26. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 26. Fugue XIII in F-sharp Major, BWV 882
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27. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 27. Prelude XIV in F-sharp Minor, BWV 883
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28. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 28. Fugue XIV in F-sharp Minor, BWV 883
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29. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 29. Prelude XV in G Major, BWV 884
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30. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 30. Fugue XV in G Major, BWV 884
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31. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 31. Prelude XVI in G Minor, BWV 885
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32. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 32. Fugue XVI in G Minor, BWV 885
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33. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 33. Prelude XVII in A-flat Major, BWV 886
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34. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 34. Fugue XVII in A-flat Major, BWV 886
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35. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 35. Prelude XVIII in G-sharp Minor, BWV 887
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36. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 36. Fugue XVIII in G-sharp Minor, BWV 887
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37. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 37. Prelude XIX in A Major, BWV 888
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38. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 38. Fugue XIX in A Major, BWV 888
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39. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 39. Prelude XX in A Minor, BWV 889
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40. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 40. Fugue XX in A Minor, BWV 889
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41. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 41. Prelude XXI in B-flat Major, BWV 890
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42. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 42. Fugue XXI in B-flat Major, BWV 890
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43. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 43. Prelude XXII in B-flat Minor, BWV 891
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44. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 44. Fugue XXII in B-flat Minor, BWV 891
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45. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 45. Prelude XXIII in B Major, BWV 892
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46. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 46. Fugue XXIII in B Major, BWV 892
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47. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 47. Prelude XXIV in B Minor, BWV 893
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48. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 48. Fugue XXIV in B Minor, BWV 893
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II [02:23:52]

DISC 1
1-1. Prelude I in C Major, BWV 870 [03:02]
1-2. Fugue I in C Major, BWV 870 [01:26]
1-3. Prelude II in C Minor, BWV 871 [01:50]
1-4. Fugue II in C Minor, BWV 871 [02:36]
1-5. Prelude III in C-sharp Major, BWV 872 [02:06]
1-6. Fugue III in C-sharp Major, BWV 872 [01:49]
1-7. Prelude IV in C-sharp Minor, BWV 873 [03:51]
1-8. Fugue IV in C-sharp Minor, BWV 873 [02:08]
1-9. Prelude V in D Major, BWV 874 [04:38]
1-10. Fugue V in D Major, BWV 874 [02:59]
1-11. Prelude VI in D Minor, BWV 875 [01:29]
1-12. Fugue VI in D Minor, BWV 875 [02:32]
1-13. Prelude VII in E-flat Major, BWV 876 [02:33]
1-14. Fugue VII in E-flat Major, BWV 876 [01:57]
1-15. Prelude VIII in D-sharp Minor, BWV 877 [03:51]
1-16. Fugue VIII in D-sharp Minor, BWV 877 [04:57]
1-17. Prelude IX in E Major, BWV 878 [04:38]
1-18. Fugue IX in E Major, BWV 878 [04:17]
1-19. Prelude X in E Minor, BWV 879 [03:25]
1-20. Fugue X in E Minor, BWV 879 [02:33]
1-21. Prelude XI in F Major, BWV 880 [04:06]
1-22. Fugue XI in F Major, BWV 880 [01:34]
1-23. Prelude XII in F Minor, BWV 881 [03:53]
1-24. Fugue XII in F Minor, BWV 881 [01:30]

Disc Playing Time [01:10:51]

DISC 2
2-1. Prelude XIII in F-sharp Major, BWV 882 [03:14]
2-2. Fugue XIII in F-sharp Major, BWV 882 [02:07]
2-3. Prelude XIV in F-sharp Minor, BWV 883 [03:12]
2-4. Fugue XIV in F-sharp Minor, BWV 883 [04:27]
2-5. Prelude XV in G Major, BWV 884 [02:13]
2-6. Fugue XV in G Major, BWV 884 [01:21]
2-7. Prelude XVI in G Minor, BWV 885 [02:20]
2-8. Fugue XVI in G Minor, BWV 885 [02:16]
2-9. Prelude XVII in A-flat Major, BWV 886 [04:29]
2-10. Fugue XVII in A-flat Major, BWV 886 [03:44]
2-11. Prelude XVIII in G-sharp Minor, BWV 887 [03:35]
2-12. Fugue XVIII in G-sharp Minor, BWV 887 [04:52]
2-13. Prelude XIX in A Major, BWV 888 [01:35]
2-14. Fugue XIX in A Major, BWV 888 [01:15]
2-15. Prelude XX in A Minor, BWV 889 [04:32]
2-16. Fugue XX in A Minor, BWV 889 [01:42]
2-17. Prelude XXI in B-flat Major, BWV 890 [07:07]
2-18. Fugue XXI in B-flat Major, BWV 890 [02:34]
2-19. Prelude XXII in B-flat Minor, BWV 891 [02:35]
2-20. Fugue XXII in B-flat Minor, BWV 891 [03:55]
2-21. Prelude XXIII in B Major, BWV 892 [01:23]
2-22. Fugue XXIII in B Major, BWV 892 [03:58]
2-23. Prelude XXIV in B Minor, BWV 893 [02:12]
2-24. Fugue XXIV in B Minor, BWV 893 [01:27]

Disc Playing Time [01:13:01]

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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