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Pianist Angela Hewitt hosts This Is My Music

Cathy Irving

Angela Hewitt has recorded all of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works. It was a project that took 11 years and covered 14 CDs. It's also a project that she embraces on tour. A few seasons ago, Hewitt played all 48 preludes and fugues of The Well-Tempered Klavier in one concert, which she repeated in 58 cities on 6 continents! Hewitt is so well versed in Bach keyboard concertos that her recording with the Australian Chamber Orchestra jumped on the Billboard charts almost immediately. Hewitt has been honing her skills for several decades now. In 1985, she won the Toronto International Bach Competition and before that, she had presented his Goldberg Variations in concert.

But Bach isn’t her only love. Hewitt’s vast repertoire ranges from Handel and Couperin, through Haydn and Beethoven, to Brahms, Chopin, Chabrier and Messaien. She loves touring and she performs regularly around the world, playing on a custom-built Fazioli piano. Since 2005, Hewitt has also run the annual Trasimeno Music Festival in Umbria, Italy. Gramophone Magazine’s has previously named Hewitt “Artist of the Year,” and in 2006 she was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

On this edition of This Is My Music, Hewitt shares her favourite selections and the stories behind her choices.

This Is My Music is heard Saturdays on Radio 2 at 10:00 am ET.

Pianist Angela Hewitt hosts This Is My Music

Angela Hewitt shares her favourite music on This Is My Music