Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Round 2 with Pianist Hart Brings Cerebral, Complex Music

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Round 2 with Pianist Hart Brings Cerebral, Complex Music

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ABOUT 50 "Bachies" turned out Monday night at Webster University's Winifred Moore auditorium for round two of Arthur Hart's performance of J.S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier." The young pianist played WTC Book I to a slightly larger crowd last week.

Bach reportedly completed Book II of WTC in 1744, six years before his death and 22 years after Book I. He was in the process of revising some of his works, and he incorporated several accumulated musical tidbits into the preludes and fugues of Book II. So, many of the pieces evoke feelings of deja vu (isn't that a touch of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" in Prelude No. 21?).

Hart played his cerebral and complex music with a quiet confidence and a minimum of histrionies. His expressive side surfaced in the preludes of Book II, which offer even more interesting melodie material than the fugues. Hart heightened the interest by adding cadenzas to some of the preludes.

Their moods run from pensive and tranquil to playful and lively and give hints of things to come after the Baroque era. …

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