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J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II Import

4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude And Fuge 1-12
  2. Prelude And Fuge 13-24


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 1989)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Harm Mundi
  • ASIN: B000025O8H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gustav Leonhardt, as usual, gives a great interpretation of this oft-recorded cycle. At times, the tempos he chooses are a bit on the slow side, but Baroque music shouldn't be played too fast anyway. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to hear a recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier II on the harpsichord.
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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. This second book of the Bach work is even much better then first...
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This is the second in the series, and covers a later period of composition than the first. I always think that these work well with a piano forte and look forward even to Beethoven. However, this performance is very good and fits the period of writing very well. I think that it takes courage for anyone to undrertake playing Das Wohltemperierte Klavier either I or II as they test the mastery of the keyboard instrument of their choice. Clavier, harpsichord, piano, or organ all lead the performer down slightly different paths in performance. Gustav Leonhardt is a master of his instrument, and provides a very satisfying performance. A master playing a master.

Tony Trethowan
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This, the second volume of Leonhardt's complete WTC recording, shares the same strengths and weaknesses as the first. Long ago I joined the ranks of those who found his performances too eratic rhythmically, but either I've adjusted or this is a very early recording, because his meter at times is so strident it's almost militaristic. He also uses more varied registration than I expected from him, although he refrains from registration changes while he's playing, a la Landowska (whose performance of the WTC remains, for me, the gold standard). What kept me from giving this recording higher marks is the extremely echoey acoustics--it sounds like it was recorded in the Carlsbad Caverns. I know 18th-century palaces had marble floors and high, vaulted ceilings and were far more reverberant than today's salons or concert halls, but those rooms were also filled with people in flowing brocades and velvets that would have absorbed some of that echo. It makes prolonged listening quite uncomfortable, if not unbearable. A shame, because it's an interesting interpretation from a major artist.
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