Bach: Well​-​Tempered Clavier, Book 1

by Kimiko Ishizaka

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    Navona Records presents The Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 1 performed by award-winning pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, regarded as a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian by the New York Times. Ms. Ishizaka studied the notes and phrases of Bachs solo keyboard works in a systematic manner in order to discover an interpretation which adheres to the strictures of the great composers' writing. Since 2000, Ms. Ishizaka has been primarily active as a soloist, performing concerti from Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, and Gershwin, and establishing herself as an interpreter of Bach and Chopin.

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Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr und Dank für seine Gnade. Familie Reinhard Krekler Soli Deo Gloria - Dona nobis pacem!
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Dieses klingende Juwel meinem hochverehrten Schwager Manfred in Bewunderung seiner Begeisterungsfähigkeit für das Wahre, Gute und Schöne, besonders für die Musik. Gudula
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To my darling daughter Stephanie. You should now be able to appreciate these. All my love, Dad.
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Für Petra-Maria Böcking
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Dedicated to Dr. Kristen Hansen, Music Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church Soli Deo Gloria
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For Louise Hogan
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For Peter Cartwright, 1948-2013
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Unseren geliebten, unvergesslichen Müttern Ruth Nathrath, die dieses Präludium so liebte und wunderbar spielte, und Tami Ishizaka, die ihren Sohn Junkichi selbstlos ins ferne Deutschland ziehen liess.
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For Ken and Saundra Thomas. You have given me the joy of Bach, the discipline of music and an understanding of sacrifice. Joy, discipline, understanding and sacrifice: four elements bound into any great love. - Randall
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Für meine Frau Ute, die mich für klassische Musik begeistert hat. - Martin Grüner
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Many thanks to Kimiko who has helped us to discover such modern feelings in J.S. Bach's music! - Arditi Family
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To Joan Meryl Pipkin, an inspiring teacher, amazing musician, and loving mom. From David, Peri, & Clay.
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Für Dich, Gudula, die Du seit Deiner frühen Jugend mit der Musik, vor allem mit dem Klavier, gelebt und dadurch Unschätzbares erlebt hast. Und ich durfte es, seit ich Dich kenne, miterleben - Rudi.
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For Anne my beautiful daughter, who is the Music of my Life.
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In loving memory of Lorraine Halse Vines, who gave me the gift of classical music. Thanks forever, mum. - Rose
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For my peanut butter brownie
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To my lovely and loving wife Elizabeth

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The Open Well-Tempered Clavier, by J.S. Bach, performed by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka. This public domain recording was made possible thanks to the support of 1,000 of Kimiko's fans. Your contribution when you download enables Kimiko to make more great music. Thank you!

What the critics have said:

"Ishizaka plays the 24 preludes and fugues with impeccable taste and technique, finding many levels of musical meaning even as she brings utmost clarity to the multiplicity of textures." - Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine

"I have never heard Book 1 done better than on the new recording by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka", "You hear Bach with new ears." - Grego Applegate Edwards

"A brilliant performance and brilliant set all around!" - Robert Cummings

"I was constantly delighted to discover how dance-based much of this music can be." - Robert Hugill

"This is a recording to change your perception of the Well Tempered Klavier." - Campbell Vertesi

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released March 19, 2015

Executive Producer Robert Douglass
Associate Producer Johannes Bijpost
Session Producer, Editing, Mixing Anne-Marie Sylvestre
Session Engineer Tobias Lehmann
Mastering Anne-Marie Sylvestre at Studio 2xHD
Piano Technician Gerd Finkenstein
Instrument Bösendorfer 280 provided by Bösendorfer

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Kimiko Ishizaka Köln, Germany

An award winning pianist, composer, and athlete, Kimiko Ishizaka brings a love and devotion to the music of J.S. Bach which will thrill purists and aficionados, and make instant fans out of first-time listeners. Her contributions to the public domain are her legacy. ... more

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