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XXII Reims International Festival Review - Bach, Well Tempered Clavier, Bk I, June 2011

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Bastille Day review, L’Orchestre National de Lille June 2011

Wien Modern III   Deutsche Grammophon 447 115-2

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Pendragon Press, New York ‘Xenakis Performance’

Interview with Classical Music, 31 July 2010

Interview with Limelight Magazine June 2010

Angela Boyd interviews Roger Woodward, January 2010

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Celestial Harmonies CDs

CELESTIAL HARMONIES - CDs
http://www.harmonies.com/catalog/newcds.htm

also check out the download possibilities at: 
bigpondmusic.com:
http://bigpondmusic.com/search?for=roger%20woodward

Released - September 2010
Roger Woodward’s historically acclaimed performance of the Dmitri Shostakovich cycle of 24 Preludes and Fugues op.87 
Celestial Harmonies 14302-2, double CD - follow this link
http://www.harmonies.com/releases/14302.htm

Review Arkiv Music
Notes and Editorial Reviews
A pleasure to rediscover in all its grandeur one of the peaks of the 20th Century piano repertoire in a performance of such power and insight…. read more:
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=530360

This remarkable recording stands alone as a landmark similar to the complete cycle of Shostakovich’s string quartets by the Fitzwilliam Quartet on Decca. As the first recording of the 24 Preludes and Fugues op.87 in the West, it first appeared on a two LP set from RCA.
Read more: 
http://goo.gl/i19EQ
http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2454:classical-cds-round-up-13&Itemid=27

“A warm welcome back…” is a reviewer’s platitude all too often applied and one I am sure I have been guilty of using. But in this instance it really is a pleasure to rediscover in all its grandeur one of the peaks of the 20th Century piano repertoire in a performance of such power and insight. Nick Barnard
Read more:
http://goo.gl/Dh3f9
http://goo.gl/ePXzn

My Pick of the CDs:  Veteran Australian pianist Roger Woodward is under-appreciated in the UK, so this is a welcome reissue of an historic 1975 recording of a Shostakovich masterpiece. Alexander Melnikov released an excellent new version on Harmonia Mundi, but this one is even better. Woodward’s sleeve notes are beautifully written
http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2454:classical-cds-round-up-13&Itemid=24

The Playful Assembler of Sounds.
Sűddeutsche Zeitung 24.09.2010 - Reinhard J. Brembeck
Roger Woodward discovers a different Shostakovich   ........  How could nobody have noticed this undiscovered wealth and variety in Shostakovich’s music until now? Perhaps the world needs more musicians like Roger Woodward, unconventional and set on finding their own way

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Roger Woodward in Concert - Bremen January 6, 2007

Celestial Harmonies, 13324-2
Claude Debussy, Preludes Book II
Frederyk Chopin, 3 Mazurkas Op.59
Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita No 6 E minor, BWV 830

Autor: Wilfried Schäper
2. Oktober 2013, 10:50 Uhr
CD-Tipp
Roger Woodward: Roger Woodward in Concert
Ikone der modernen Klaviermusik
Der australische Pianist Roger Woodward ist eine lebende Legende. In seinem Heimatland “Down under” gehört der jetzt 70-jährige Künstler zum nationalen Kulturerbe, und auch in vielen europäischen Ländern wurde Woodward mit Ehrungen überhäuft. Am 6. Januar 2007 gab der weltberühmte Tastenstar einen spektakulären Klavierabend im Bremer Sendesaal.
http://www.radiobremen.de/nordwestradio/musik/cd-tipps/roger-woodward102.html

Review: The Independent, 30 October 2013 - 5 stars
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-review-roger-woodward-in-concert-debussy-chopin-bach-celestial-harmonies-8901920.html

Review: Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International - “A unique and remarkable concert.”
Fans of Roger Woodward will need no encouraging to seek out and purchase this recording, and no-one with an attraction to piano music and the vibe of a live performance should be without this release.

 

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PROKOFIEV, Sergei Sergeyevich works for piano 1908-1938

Latest release:
PROKOFIEV, Sergei Sergeyevich
works for piano 1908-1938
Celestial Harmonies 13292-2, Recorded 1991 ABC Australia

http://prkfv.businesscatalyst.com

CELESTIAL HARMONIES 13292-2 [SA] Musicweb International Classical
Reviews.htm
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2013/Apr13/Prokofiev_piano_132922.htm

RECORDING OF THE MONTH - Musicweb-International

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Works for Piano: 1908-1938
Sarcasmes Op.17 (1912-14) [9:23]
Prelude Op.12 No.7 (1906-13) [2:12]
Suggestion Diabolique Op.4 No.4 (1910-12) [2:32]
Four Etudes Op.2 (1909) [10:24]
Musiques d’enfants Op.65 (1935) [2:26]
Pensées Op.62 (1933/34) [13:33]
Nocturne Op.43bis No.2 (1938) [4:56]
Gavotta Op.32 No.3 (1918) [1:30]
Paysage Op.59 No.2 (1933/34) [2:19]
March from L’amour des trois oranges Op.33 bis (1922) [1:31]
Visions Fugitives Op.22 (1915-17) [24:01]
Roger Woodward (piano)
rec. 1991, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia
[75:48]

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MUSIC OF THE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE 1905-1926

Celestial Harmonies, 13255-2 (73:09)
http://www.theartsdesk.com/bruckner/classical-cds-weekly-bruckner-mahler-roger-woodward?page=0,1
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2012/Mar12/Russian_AvantGarde_132552.htm
This fascinating collection of works covers the period of transition from Tsarist Russia to the establishment of the Soviet Union. To a certain extent it relates to Woodward’s re-release of the Preludes and Fugues op. 87 by Shostakovich on Celestial Harmonies 14302-2 (see review), which, dating from 1975, has acquired its own historical significance. Many of these pieces are little-known compositions that Woodward discovered as a student in Warsaw in the early 1970s, gaining access to rare works from Prokofiev’s widow Lina Prokofieva, and mining the archives of Polish Radio…....

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BACH JS

Süddeutsche Zeitung
Verspielter Tonmonteur
24.09.2010 05:10

REINHARD J.BREMBECK
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/l5X38e/3604574/Verspielter-Tonmonteur.html

 

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Celestial Harmonies CD Reviews Extracts

3277-2 Fryderyk Chopin:  Piano Concerto No 2 F Minor Op 21 / Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Quartet No 3 C Major WoO36
Roger Woodward, piano/ Alexander String Quartet

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Celestial Harmonies CD Reviews Extracts

13279-2 DEBUSSY:  Preludes, Books 1 & 2, Roger Woodward, piano

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Celestial Harmonies CD Reviews Extracts

1992-5 Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Roger Woodward, piano

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BACH J S

19922-5 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOKS I & II BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 POCKET SCORES, COMPLETE EDITION) - ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO

BACH - No. 1! 
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/May10/Bach_WTK1_Pollini_schepkin.htm
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Apr10/Bach_Woodward_199225.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/album-roger-woodward-bach-the-welltempered-clavier-celestial-harmonies-1923549.html
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/May10/Bach_WTK1_Pollini_schepkin.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/album-roger-woodward-bach-the-welltempered-clavier-celestial-harmonies-1923549.html
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Mar10/Bach_Woodward_199225.htm
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/bachs-bold-recording-angels/2010/02/09/1265477590702.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

BACH J S

13280-2 Johann Sebastian BACH: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue BWV 903, Partita No. 2 BWV 826, Partita No.  6 BWV 830 - ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO (.pdf ENGLISH) (.pdf GERMAN),
released September 2007
http://www.blacksun.com/releases/13280.htm

Awarded prestigious German Critics’ Award : “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” November 2007.

Reviews: http://www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_cd_review.php?id=5481

 

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BACH J S

19922-5 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOKS I & II BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 POCKET SCORES, COMPLETE EDITION) - ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO

20/20! 
Musik an Sich,  Frankfurt
Bach, J. S. (Woodward), Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I & II
Info Musikrichtung: Barock Klavier
VÖ: 19.10.2009
(Celestial Harmonies / 2 & 5 CD / DDD / 2008)
Georg Henkel
(Translated by Adriana Schuler)
Profound
The Australian pianist Roger Woodward has been playing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach his whole life. But only recently has the public been able to listen to his live performances or CD recordings. One of the first fruits of Woodward’s encounters with Bach is a recording containing amongst others works, the Chromatic Fantasie and two Partitas from the first part of the Clavier-Übung, which received the 2007 special prize, awarded by the critics of the German recording industry. But this recording becomes …

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BACH J S

19922-5 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOKS I & II BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 POCKET SCORES, COMPLETE EDITION) - ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO

Woodward Restores Lyricism to the WTC, March 19, 2010
By Alastair Corbett “AJC” (Beecroft, NSW, AU)  Source:  http://www.amazon.com
This review is from: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II, BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 Pocket Scores, Complete Edition)
(Audio CD)  …..I was initially sceptical that a recording using the full sonority of a Hamburg D Steinway would produce an excessively Romanticised WTC but I find it a welcome antidote to other rather dry performances where there has been an attempt to produce a harpsichord effect….

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BACH JS

19922-5 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOKS I & II BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 POCKET SCORES, COMPLETE EDITION) - ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO

The Gramophone, February 2010 – Editor’s Choice
Perahia’s Partitas . Woodward’s wonderful Bach . Horowitz celebrated….
Imaginative performances by Woodward that rank alongside the very best.

SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG 17. April 2010, 
REINHARD J. BREMBECK
Shiva meets Bach
...These recordings resulted in four-and-a-half stellar hours ……

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BACH J S

19922-5 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOKS I & II BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 POCKET SCORES, COMPLETE EDITION) - ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO

Sublime WTC -  January 31, 2010
By David Cates (Berkeley CA USA)
This review is from: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II, BWV 846-893 (5 CDs & 2 Pocket Scores, Complete Edition)
(Audio CD)  Source: http://www.amazon.com 
…… This is a lovely piano performance of the great Well-Tempered Clavier. The best one I recall hearing…..A must-have performance.

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CHOPIN Fryderyk

13277-2 FRYDERYK CHOPIN: PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 F MINOR OP. 21 / LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: PIANO QUARTET NO. 3 C MAJOR WoO 36 -
ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO / ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET

http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3363:classical-cds-round-up-17&Itemid=27

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Mar10/Chopin_Woodward_132772.htm
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Mar10/chopin_woodward_142602.htm
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Feb10/Chopin_200th_9671172.htm
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Mar10/chopin_woodward_142602.htm

CHOPIN Fryderyk

13277-2 FRYDERYK CHOPIN: PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 F MINOR OP. 21 / LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: PIANO QUARTET NO. 3 C MAJOR WoO 36 -
ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO / ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET

The Glorious Five by Dr Daniel Krause, klassic.com
http://magazin.klassik.com/reviews/reviews.cfm?TASK=REVIEW&RECID=16540&REID=10942
Translated text:
Along with one of Beethoven’s early piano quartets Chopin’s second piano concerto in f-minor, was recently recorded by the Alexander String Quartet together with Roger Woodward.  Their interpretation turned out to be a masterpiece through the use …… read more…..

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CHOPIN Fryderyk

13277-2 FRYDERYK CHOPIN: PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 F MINOR OP. 21 / LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: PIANO QUARTET NO. 3 C MAJOR WoO 36 -
ROGER WOODWARD, PIANO / ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Ausgabe vom 21.1.2010
classics overview
COOL CHOPIN
Chopin’s birthday is coming up. As usual we can expect more new interpretations of the same old pieces, because the total oeuvre is small.  …read more…..

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DEBUSSY Claude

CLAUDE DEBUSSY, PRELUDES BOOKS 1 AND 2
Celestial Harmonies, 13279-2

Review (translation) BR-TV
This CD is a masterpiece; you can play it differently but not better. I recently heard a concert with the Munich Philharmonic and Thielemann; they played Debussy’s Images. It sounded somewhat good but boring with no end in sight. I could not understand what it was that they were trying to tell me. How different this CD is: every note, every sound, every use of the pedals were put to good use and served a clear purpose, the purpose being to define the musical intentions of the composer. A musician cannot possibly be more humble and more sincere. A pianist cannot play more excitingly and more intelligently. I am entirely won over by this CD. Even before the concert with the Hamel premiere, I was convinced of Roger Woodward’s artistry - now I am enthusiastic and I want to celebrate the feeling. The sensational aspect of the concert on Monday was to experience his interpretation of the Hamel cycle live. He played for us, with us, with the space, with the instrument - what a blessing to have been able to be present.
—Wiedemann BR-TV.

http://www.harmonies.com/releases/13279.htm
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/album-roger-woodward-debussy-preludes-books-12-celestial-harmonies-1927869.html
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Mar10/Debussy_Woodward_132792.htm
http://www.musikansich.de/review.php?id=7836
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2010/Mar10/Debussy_Woodward_132792.htm 
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Dominy Clements.. I find myself in difficulties when writing about recordings which are so very good, it is hard to find a balance which describes a believeable truth as I hear it, without making a text which just ends up turning into sycophantic hyperbole. Looking on the Celestial Harmonies website, at least I am supported by the artist himself, who “considers [this] possibly the best recording of his career”. Even on only a first…….

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DEBUSSY Claude

CLAUDE DEBUSSY, PRELUDES BOOKS 1 AND 2
Celestial Harmonies, 13279-2

The Independent, Classical Album: Roger Woodward, Debussy: Preludes, Books 1&2 (Celestial Harmonies)
(Rated 5/ 5 ),  Reviewed by Andy Gill
Friday, 26 March 2010
In this masterful series of Debussy’s Preludes, pianist Roger Woodward perfectly evokes the composer’s intuitive musical spirit, and his inimitable sense of quiet, measured exploration. ….. read more

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DEBUSSY Claude

CLAUDE DEBUSSY, PRELUDES BOOKS 1 AND 2
Celestial Harmonies, 13279-2

The Sydney Morning Herald
28 December 2009,  Classical
“The best recordings by an Australian artist were Roger Woodward’s Debussy Preludes and Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier with the American label Celestial Harmonies.”
Peter McCallum


Debussy: Préludes Books 1 & 2 – Roger Woodward
Debussy: Préludes Livre 1, Children’s Corner etc. – Nelson Freire
Celestial Harmonies (Vertrieb Naxos) – R. Woodward
Decca – N. Freire
Celestial Harmonies 13279-2 / Decca 478 1111
7869 /  00171
6 163 713 (Woodward) / 6 163 714 (Freire)Gute Pianisten altern nicht, sie reifen - so wie ein guter Wein im Idealfall an Tiefe und Reichtum der Geschmacksnuancen zunimmt. Der Vergleich sei in diesem Fall einmal erlaubt, denn wir möchten Ihnen heute zwei “gereifte” Pianisten vorstellen, die sich interessanterweise dem selben Repertoire zugewandt haben. Die Rede ….. read more

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

2014

Tuesday 11 March, 8pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley USA
World Premiere, Bob Greenberg Piano Quintet
with the Alexander String Quartet

29 May
Coffs Harbour Art Gallery, Australia
Beethoven Recital - final Sonata trilogy Opp.109, 110 and 111

31 May
Joan Sutherland Arts Centre, Penrith Australia
Beethoven Recital - final Sonata trilogy - Opp.109, 110, 111

2013

January
9 January, Germany, Trossingen Academy of Music
Recital Debussy and Chopin

10/11 January, Trossingen Academy of Music
Masterclasses

15 January, Germany, Mulheim
Chamber music recital with Winfried Rademacher (violin), James Creitz (viola) , Teddy Ezra (clarinet)
Mozart Kegelstaat Trio K.498 (viola, clarinet and piano), Schumann Marchenbilder Op.113 (Fairy-tale Pictures) (viola and piano), Bartok Contrasts (violin, clarinet, piano).
REVIEW OF CONCERT:
http://www.schwaebische.de/region/sigmaringen-tuttlingen/tuttlingen/rund-um-tuttlingen_artikel,-Vier-hochrangige-Musiker-brillieren-in-Muehlheim-_arid,5377983.html

January/February
Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival 2013
Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2013

Concerts:
Feb. 1, 8:00pm, Feb. 2, 8pm, Feb.3, 7pm
All concerts in Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University

Faculty Artists:
The Alexander String Quartet is delighted to announce that joining us on the faculty and in performance will be distinguished violist and violinist Toby Appel from the Juilliard School faculty, Bay Area native David Requiro, cellist, winner of the Naumberg Prize and first prize in the Irving M. Klein Competition, Roger Woodward, internationally renowned concert pianist and SFSU School of Music and Dance colleague and Kindra Scharich, brilliant young mezzo-soprano.

Participants:
Extraordinary young ensembles from the greater San Francisco Bay Area, London, UK, Washington State, as well as ensembles from the Morrison Chamber Center at SFSU School of Music and Dance, Affiliate Ensembles from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Young Chamber Musicians.

Concert Repertoire:
Repertoire highlights from the 2013 Festival will include favorite collaborative works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Bartok, Shostakovich and many others.

Public Master Classes:
The afternoons of Feb. 2 and 3 will be filled with public coaching and master classes featuring the participating ensembles (come hear the best of tomorrow’s chamber music talent in performance and working sessions with our distinguished faculty artists).

Roger Woodward performance details:
February 1, 8.00pm Debussy Cello Sonata with David Roquiero
February 2,  8.00pm Schumann Piano Quintet with Arkadas String Quartet
+ Schumann Liederkreis Op.39 and Brahms Songs Op.91 with Kindra Scharich (mezzo soprano) and Paul Yarbrough (viola)
February 3,  Bach D minor Concerto, BWV 1061

March
Thursday 14 March 2013, 7.30pm
England, Bradnich EX5 4NN
St Disen’s Church, Fore Street
Recital - Debussy, Chopin
in aid of Bradninch Arts Group. 
Tickets from Bradninch Spar Shop (£8 adult, under-18s free).
For school parties ring Simon Tytherly on 01392 881825

Saturday 16 March 2013, Oxford University, England
Recital Debussy, Sheldonian Theatre.

Thursday 21 March 2013, San Francisco, German Consulate
Schumann and Brahms Lieder Recital with Kindra Scharich and Paul Yarborough
Schumann Maerchenbilder Op 113

April
Friday 5 April 2013, San Francisco
Mozart Violin and Piano Sonatas due recital with Jassen Todorov
Knuth Hall, SFSU, 1.10pm

May
Wednesday 1 May, San Francisco
Recital, Debussy Images I and II;  12 Chopin Etudes.
Knuth Hall, SFSU, 1.10pm

Thursday 16 May, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Art Gallery Recital - Chopin

Saturday 18 May, Brisbane Australia
Medici Piano Series - Chopin Recital
Brisbane Conservatorium of Music

Friday 24 May, Danebank College, for Katoke Trust
Recital, Debussy Bach Beethoven
 
Sunday 26 May Sydney Australia
Debussy Recital
Hunter Baillie Church, Annandale, 3pm

Thursday 30 May - Newcastle Australia
Mozart Piano Concerto no 25 in C, KV503, with Christchurch Camerata

June

Saturday 1 June, 2.30pm - Burradoo NSW Australia
Recital, Debussy, Bach, Beethoven
Performing Arts Centre at Chevalier College. 
566 Moss Vale Road, Burradoo. 

Saturday, 15 June, Lille Conservatory, France, 6.45pm
Recital:
JS Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV 903
Xenakis “Mists”(1980) composed for and dedicated to Roger Woodward
Beethoven No.32 in C minor, Op.111

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THE ARTIST

Roger Woodward’s recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was Editor’s Choice for The Gramophone’s February, 2010 publication and German and UK critics described this release as setting a new standard after Gould and Barenboim.  He was awarded the prestigious Preis der

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