The Pianist DINA UGORSKAJA has recorded Book I & II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier within the year 2015 in Co-operation with Bayerische Rundfunk in Muncih. She reflects her dialogue with Bach in a large interview in the two booklets referring to tempo, characteristics, form, colours, interpretation, style of playing, and many other aspects.
„A Keyboard Magnificat” – “An Encyclopedia of Bach’s Univers”
„……..Continuity only installed itself when I was preparing the recording. Every morning, when I awoke, I thought to myself that I was about to spend another entire day with Bach – every day the same, but only apparently identical: a prelude and a fugue. And I knew that I was going to devote myself exclusively to that activity, fully concentrated. That discipline gave me a firm grounding, but also directed my gaze upwards. The idea of infinity never seemed as evident to me as when I was working on the WTC. Its intensity carried me through the day……
One essential aspect in this project was the experience of returning to my early encounters with Bach’s music: to try to remember what it had been like when I heard it for the first time. I tried to free myself from certain clichés that had ‘gotten stuck’ in a series of interpretations. This was particularly difficult in Vol. I, since I had often heard those pieces in the hands of outstanding performers, also of students.. ……..
Sure, I’m performing on a modern grand and I use its potential, but my intention is not to make a Steinway sound like a harpsichord or a clavichord. The modern grand is capable of evoking all those instruments, along with all the other ones that Bach’s shades of color bring to mind.…….
And in this recording I occasionally try to slow things down!“
(Excerpts from the large interview in the two booklets of the set)