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Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1


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Audio CD, October 11, 1994
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  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B00000DWJV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on September 10, 2007
Georg Demus is a pianist who has been widely known through his notable musical accompaniments with Diskau, artistic collaborations with Badura Skoda, unforgettable piano pieces of the romantic repertoire and a true champion in Schumann (Indeed, I have not listened another version of Album for die jügend, better played, until now) .

But what this album offers is a real finding, that carves in relief the monstrous talent of Demus. This demanding work of Bach may be regarded as one the most treasured pages of the musical literature ever written.

His prodigious musicality and above all, the phenomenal lyricism displayed around every single piece, admirably played, without those traditional poses of reluctant exhibitionism, make of this set a must-have in your valuable collection.

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The Austrian pianist Jörg Demus recorded the Well-Tempered Clavier on modern piano for Westminster Records in the late 1950s. MCA Classics reissued it on CDs around 1992, but it is out of stock and almost impossible to find. These recordings are classics because nobody has played the Well-Tempered Clavier more beautifully. Nowadays, his playing would not be considered in accord with authentic Baroque performance practices. But he also does not make it sound proto-Beethoven, proto-Chopin, proto-modern, or proto-anything. He does not gussie up the music with invented drama or breakneck speeds. Most important, he does not sound like a machine or overemphasize the technique. It is just timeless beautiful music, with a very natural-sounding ebb and flow, played for the listener’s enjoyment and contemplation. The modern piano sounds great, even though he doesn’t thunder at the keyboard. I urge you to listen to samples of Demus on YouTube, such as the C major prelude of Book 1, to hear what I mean. I am quite satisfied with Angela Hewitt’s Well-Tempered Clavier (I have her earlier recording); her playing even resembles Demus in certain respects. But I would really like to also acquire all of the Demus recordings as a counterpoint to the Hewitt.
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