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J.S. Bach: Clavichord

András Schiff

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It took András Schiff over 40 years to acquire his first clavichord, but the long wait was worth it. His love for the harpsichord's ‘little sister’ began in the late 1960s, when Schiff met the English pianist, organist, composer and conductor Georg Malcolm: ‘He showed me how to play Bach's polyphony with my fingers alone, without using the sustain pedal’.


Unlike the harpsichord or piano, a note (string) played on the clavichord resonates for as long as the key is held down. As a result, playing this instrument is unique in that you can influence the sound even after a key has been struck, allowing for techniques such as vibrato.


Historically, the clavichord was widely used as a practice instrument and a composition aid, and it was often only played in front of small groups. This doesn’t detract from its importance and significance, however, as evidenced by its frequent use by composers such as Bach.


András Schiff takes to this intimate, personal instrument to offer recordings which— together with those of Friedrich Gulda or Gustav Leonhardt—constitute one of the rare complete recordings of Bach's keyboard music for clavichord. He performs the Inventions, Sinfonias, Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue BWV 903, among others, with dedication and precision, and he’s not afraid to put his own mark on the music. Schiff tends to be less known for his historical performances, but he astonishes here with an impressive recording in which he remains true to himself and to Bach. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

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Capriccio sopra la lontananza de il fratro dilettissimo, BWV 992 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
I. Ist eine Schmeichelung der Freunde, um denselben von der Reise abzuhalten. Arioso. Adagio
00:01:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

2
II. Ist eine Vorstellung unterschiedlicher Casuum, die ihm der Fremde könnten vorfallen
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

3
III. Ist ein allgemeines Lamento der Freunde. Adagissimo
00:02:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

4
IV. Allhier kommen die Freunde, weil sie doch sehen, dass es anders nicht kann sein, und nehmen Abschied
00:00:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

5
V. Aria di Postiglione. Adagio poco
00:01:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

6
VI. Fugue all’imitatione della cornetta di postiglione
00:02:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

15 Inventions, BWV 772-786 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772
00:01:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

8
No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 773
00:01:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

9
No. 3 in D Major, BWV 774
00:01:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

10
No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775
00:00:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

11
No. 5 in E-Flat Major, BWV 776
00:01:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

12
No. 6 in E Major, BWV 777
00:03:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

13
No. 7 in E Minor, BWV 778
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

14
No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

15
No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 780
00:01:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

16
No. 10 in G Major, BWV 781
00:00:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

17
No. 11 in G Minor, BWV 782
00:00:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

18
No. 12 No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

19
No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784
00:01:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

20
No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 785
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

21
No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 786
00:01:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

4 Duettos, BWV 802-805 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

22
No. 1 in E Minor, BWV 802
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

23
No. 2 in F Major, BWV 803
00:02:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

24
No. 3 in G Major, BWV 804
00:03:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

25
No. 4 in A Minor, BWV 805
00:02:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

26
Ricercar a 3
00:05:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

15 Sinfonias, BWV 787-801 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

27
No. 1 in C Major, BWV 787
00:01:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

28
No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 788
00:02:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

29
No. 3 in D Major, BWV 789
00:01:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

30
No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 790
00:01:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

31
No. 5 in E-Flat Major, BWV 791
00:02:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

32
No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

33
No. 7 in E Minor, BWV 793
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

34
No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794
00:00:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

35
No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 795
00:03:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

36
No. 10 in G Major, BWV 796
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

37
No. 11 in G Minor, BWV 797
00:01:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

38
No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798
00:01:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

39
No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 799
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

40
No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 800
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

41
No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801
00:01:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

42
I. Fantasia
00:05:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

43
II. Fugue
00:05:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Clavichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Mixer, Balance Engineer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2022 ECM Records GmbH

Album review

It took András Schiff over 40 years to acquire his first clavichord, but the long wait was worth it. His love for the harpsichord's ‘little sister’ began in the late 1960s, when Schiff met the English pianist, organist, composer and conductor Georg Malcolm: ‘He showed me how to play Bach's polyphony with my fingers alone, without using the sustain pedal’.


Unlike the harpsichord or piano, a note (string) played on the clavichord resonates for as long as the key is held down. As a result, playing this instrument is unique in that you can influence the sound even after a key has been struck, allowing for techniques such as vibrato.


Historically, the clavichord was widely used as a practice instrument and a composition aid, and it was often only played in front of small groups. This doesn’t detract from its importance and significance, however, as evidenced by its frequent use by composers such as Bach.


András Schiff takes to this intimate, personal instrument to offer recordings which— together with those of Friedrich Gulda or Gustav Leonhardt—constitute one of the rare complete recordings of Bach's keyboard music for clavichord. He performs the Inventions, Sinfonias, Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue BWV 903, among others, with dedication and precision, and he’s not afraid to put his own mark on the music. Schiff tends to be less known for his historical performances, but he astonishes here with an impressive recording in which he remains true to himself and to Bach. © Lena Germann/Qobuz

Details of original recording : <p>Recorded July 2018 Kammermusiksaal H.J Abs, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn</p>

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