Sabbath musical delight: Thomas Schwan performs J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

Thomas Schwan is the product of a new generation. He is billed as the winner of the 2020 World Bach Competition in Boulder, CO (not to be confused with the Bach competition that has been held in Leipzig since 1950, the 200th anniversary of Bach’s joining the Great Gig In The Sky).

Schwan playing seems more ‘straight up’ than the highly individualistic renditions of my usual go-tos: Glenn Gould (!), Angela Hewitt, Grigory Sokolov, Sviatoslav Richter, and Tatiana Nikolayeva. If/when Vikingur Olafsson (of the same generation as Schwan) will record a complete WTC, it will likely be even more individualistic than Gould’s interpretation — n

These are live performances without any editing (!) from one of my former hometowns. Enjoy, have a nice weekend, and shabbat shalom!

Book I:

Book II:

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