ANGELA HEWITT: My battle with Bach


Pianist Angela Hewitt has played Bach everywhere from Beijing to Bogotá. But she always avoided his final work – thinking it was too tough. She relives how she overcame fear and major surgery to love The Art of Fugue. In August 2007, I set off on a 14-month recital tour performing Johann Sebastian Bach's masterpiece The Well-Tempered Clavier to audiences in 25 countries around the world. It took a lot of stamina – not just physically getting myself from one place to the next, but also going on stage and performing night after night, from memory, some of the most demanding music ever written.

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