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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 [Import]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Gustav Leonhardt Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Gustav Leonhardt
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (November 6, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000026N7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude And Fugue 1 In C Major
2. Prelude And Fugue 2 In C Minor
3. Prelude And Fugue 3 In C Sharp Major
4. Prelude And Fugue 4 In C Sharp Minor
5. Prelude And Fugue 5 In D Major
6. Prelude And Fugue 6 In D Minor
7. Prelude And Fugue 7 In E Flat Major
8. Prelude And Fugue 8 In E Flat Minor
9. Prelude And Fugue 9 In E Major
10. Prelude And Fugue 10 In E Minor
11. Prelude And Fugue 11 In F Major
12. Prelude And Fugue 12 In F Minor
13. Prelude And Fugue 13 In F Sharp Major
14. Prelude And Fugue 14 In F Sharp Minor
15. Prelude And Fugue 15 In G Major
16. Prelude And Fugue 16 In G Minor
17. Prelude And Fugue 17 In A Flat Major
18. Prelude And Fugue 18 In G Sharp Minor
19. Prelude And Fugue 19 In A Major
20. Prelude And Fugue 20 In A Major
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance of a great piece March 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Gustav Leonhardt is one of the great keyboardists of the 20th century, and a great interpreter of Bach. The Well-Tempered Clavier may be one of the great keyboard works in the history of music. Put these two factors together and you have the potential for a great piece of work. His performance here is sublime. He likes to pay particular attention to voicings, textures and pacing, and it shows. Excellent attention to detail, revealed in a well-recorded performance. An excellent addition to anyone's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bach, true Bach September 18, 2009
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A great interpretation of J.S. Bach, a little dry, a litte cerebral, very accurate to the period in both style and technique, and great to listen to. This is music of the mind that sometimes touches the heart.

Tony Trethowan
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of this work September 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the best version of The Well Tempered Clavier of every time and every instrument by Gustav Leonhardt, founder and greatest exponent of "on period" movement. Get the second book of this Bach work by the same performer and the same label, it's even much better...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best performance of an amazing work! January 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what more could be said after reading the reviews already here (except for the two boneheads who criticized it). Gustav is always the best performer of any Bach piece he played on harpsichord. Period. This is NOT recorded too loud ("loudness wars" my eye). It is one of my softer CD's for sure. Gustav does play quite loud in the fortissimo passages, but that is good, quiet in pianissimo too, great dynamics. He also is playing the most precisely accurate interpretation by doing so. I have both part 1 and part 2 and HIGHLY recommend them!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Ralph Kirkpatrick (in my opinion) April 10, 2011
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I have yet to hear an harpsichordist who can top the Harvard boy (Ralph Kirkpatrick). Of course, that is only my opinion, but that is what Amazon is asking for.

Nonetheless, there are a handful of tracks where I think Gustav rivals Ralph.

It's a shame that each Prelude & Fugue aren't on separate tracks (I mostly prefer only one or the other), but two pieces per track aren't that hard to separate.

It's quite amazing what Bach did - to compose such beautiful and/or profound miniatures for every key, and in the older, early-Baroque counterpoint-style of his predecessors (unlike the then "modern" late-Baroque style of Handel & Telemann who were prefiguring the soon-to-arrive boring Classical Period I-IV-V compositions.

If you have an ear for detail, and love Early Music, this is a good buy. It's a great shame that Deutsche Grammophon won't put Ralph Kirkpatrick's performance on CD (I still have their vinyl release). (Deutsche Grammophon have put Dr. Kirkpatrick's Clavier performance of this work on CD, but the Clavier is far inferior to the harpsichord in richness of sound.)

[It occurs to me that I've reviewed this before, but I'm not sure, and Amazon have asked me for a review just recently. Could it be a bug in their software?)
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