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John Lewis, Volume 2: Bach: Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
Johann Sebastian Bach, John Lewis
John Lewis, Volume 2: Bach: Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Subtitled - From The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1. Japanese edition of 1984 album from the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

      
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All Artists: Johann Sebastian Bach, John Lewis
Title: John Lewis, Volume 2: Bach: Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Philips / PolyGram Japan
Release Date: 12/16/1998
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766487646123

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Subtitled - From The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1. Japanese edition of 1984 album from the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

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Sublime
J. Michael Short | San Antonio, TX United States | 04/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love Bach. I love piano. I love jazz. This disk is one of my most treasured musical items...along with the 3 other volumes John Lewis recorded based on Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier Book 1. Import price, but well worth the extra money. Lewis, absolutely true to the spirit of Bach, works the intricate interplay between his piano and his accompanists into a musical stream that flows from stately to swing and seamlessly back.....always sublime. I doubt there has ever been another pianist who could so beautifully suffuse Bach with a respectful jazz flavor......it is delicious, sensuous, cerebral and spiritual. Buy it. You'll be most glad you did. It is such a shame that some of the finest music recorded in the last 20 years is of such limited availablility. All four disks, Volumes 1 through 4 are well worth tracking down."
Essential
Zarathustra | Washington, DC USA | 07/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

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Short's review says it all: Sublime. Absolutely essential. A perfect work. And not only sublime, but Beautiful. Rare."
Bach would be proud
E. Feldman | Connecticut, USA | 09/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mr. Short is dead on. What John Lewis did for Modern Jazz with the Modern Jazz Quartet, fusing bebop, blues and art music, he has flawlessly accomplished here with his interpretation of Bach's classic, "The Well Tempered Clavier." This series of CDs by John Lewis (and friends and lovers--his wife accompanied on several albums) is my all time favorite music ever. It is one of the first CDs I purchased when I got my first CD player, and I can still remember being awed by its beauty. On some of the tracks you can hear the hammer retract when Lewis releases the key; on other tracks, you may hear him murmur as he plays. The music so personal and so touchingly beautiful, you really must hear it to comprehend. I have owned volumes 1 and 2 since their release 20 years ago, and they are still as fresh and beautiful and sensuous as the first time I heard them, even though I now know almost every keystroke. The fugues are my personal favorites, and they might have also been Maestro Lewis', although that's only a guess (he died in 2001). I find Fugue 2, 6, and 16 (my favorites) to be of enormous beauty infused with inspired jazz riffs--modern, masterful, perfectly performed, and achingly exquisite.

I do not think there could be any human being who would not be captivated by this interpretation of these beautiful pieces. I would love to see the arrangement on sheet music. This is the music that makes me feel alive and the music I hope will surround me when I die."