Nonesuch releases Brad Mehldau’s After Bach on March 9, 2018. The album comprises the pianist/composer’s recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an “After Bach” piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate. The album begins with Mehldau’s own “Before Bach: Benediction” and ends with his “Prayer for Healing.” Pre-orders of After Bach are available now at iTunes and and include an instant download of the album track “After Bach: Rondo.”

As Mehldau’s label mate Timo Andres says in his After Bach liner note, “As a professional organist, much of Bach’s work took the form of improvisation, and during his lifetime it was the virtuosity and complexity of these improvisations for which he was most admired … Some three centuries after the fact, Brad Mehldau takes up this tradition and applies it to a frustratingly unknowable aspect of Bach’s art.”

Andres continues, “There have always been elements of Mehldau’s style that recall Bach, especially his densely-woven voicing—but he’s not striving to imitate or play dress-up. Rather, After Bach surveys their shared ground as keyboardists, improvisers, and composers, making implicit parallels explicit.”

After Bach originated in a work Mehldau first performed in 2015—commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, The National Concert Hall, and Wigmore Hall—called Three Pieces After Bach.


After Bach

  • 1. Before Bach: Benediction
  • 2. Prelude No. 3 in C# Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 848
  • 3. After Bach: Rondo
  • 4. Prelude No. 1 in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870
  • 5. After Bach: Pastorale
  • 6. Prelude No. 10 in E Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 855
  • 7. After Bach: Flux
  • 8. Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 857
  • 9. After Bach: Dream
  • 10. Fugue No. 16 in G Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 885
  • 11. After Bach: Ostinato
  • 12. Prayer for Healing




Brad Mehldau, piano