" Arthur Villar seems to be very much his own man in steering a path away from any particular ‘school’ of Bach performing, appearing to be occupied as far as possible with the material in front of him and his own responses to it, rather than allowing himself to be swayed by the turbulent winds of fashion."
"Arthur Villar's recent performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier I at the Hartt School showed remarkable
insight and imagination.
He imbued each Prelude and Fugue with a distinct personality and revealed structural details rarely heard in other performances, live or recorded. His treatment of recitative passages in the Preludes stood out for its blend of freedom and structure.
Moreover, his rendering of Bach's compound line, for example in the Bb major Fugue, was unique, thanks to innovative phrasing and articulation.
In short, Mr. Villar promises to become a major Bach pianist of our time."
Prof of Music History
Ph.D. from Harvard University
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