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The Glenn Gould Edition - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II

Johann Sebastian Bach , Glenn Gould Audio CD
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  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Glenn Gould
  • Audio CD (January 11, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028NJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Glenn Gould's Bach is by now so ingrained in the 20th-century musical consciousness that it's almost hard to remember just how unusual his devotion to this composer was back in the 1950s and '60s when he first started making records. That his Bach recordings are still the standard by which all others are measured is a tribute to his self-awareness as an artist. If you are looking for the essential Glenn Gould playing Bach, then the three sets you really ought to have are his Goldberg Variations (either version), plus the two books of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Gould was simply incomparable in the contrapuntal intricacies of Bach's fugal writing, and in The Well-Tempered Clavier he has 48 opportunities to strut his stuff. He makes a show of every one. --David Hurwitz

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By smarmer
Format:Audio CD
Anyone considering a version of Book 2 of WTC should first read the reviews of various versions of Book 1. The listings for Glenn Gould's version will cover the range of opinions about Gould himself and his interpretive style. Clearly Gould is not for everyone. Yet I contend that without Gould (and Rosalyn Tureck) there would be far less playing of Bach during the past three decades. Furthermore, even if you prefer the more straightforward version of someone like Schiff (which I find a bit boring despite its technical brilliance) I would commend Gould to you for the purpose of hearing WTC in a different and imaginative way.
Gould learned Book 1 from his mother at a rather young age. He seems to have mastered Book 2 himself. In addition, by the time he recorded most of Book 2, the characteristics of his piano had changed. It had been damaged in an accident and when it was rebuilt, the action was a bit slower than it had been originally. This might account for the slightly slower tempos of Book 2, though it is equally possible that the more profound and spiritual nature of the music itself is responsible. In any event the preludes and especially the fugues of Book 2 seemed to interest Gould more than Book 1. He rarely performed anything from Book 1 after his complete recording, while he often performed selections from Book 2. For example, he has four versions that I could locate of the fugue in E major BWV 878 from Book 2. The performances each time are radically different from each other. On the recording of the complete WTC he takes the fugue very fast. On his video performance with Bruno Monsaingeon, for the CBC (and available on a Sony laser disc SLV 48426) he plays it at about half the speed.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach and Gould at Their Best. December 18, 1998
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This set of preludes and fugues is - in my opinion - of even greater emotional density than Part I. Almost every fugue has an unforgettable subject, played by Gould with great clarity and power, and yet there is always lightness in his interpretations (stemming most likely from his unsurpassed technique and "gut level" understanding of the spirt of Bach's music) which make this music soothing and energizing at the same time. Gould is world apart from heavy-handed, pedal-abusing, tempo-changing romantic interpretations of Bach. He is constrained and almost inhumanly precise, which allows him to convey the depth and power of Bach's masterpieces in the best possible way. I have never heard a better interpretation of the Well Tempered Clavier. I've been listening to this music for years and it never lost its emotional impact. And Gould's humming in the background brings the whole recording to a very personal, intimate level: he must have enjoyed those moments in the recording studio, and he must have loved the music he played. Glenn Gould is my hero!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite WTC March 25, 2003
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The music of JS Bach is extremely interesting, and one thoughtful listening to his works has the power to change the way you hear and perceive music forever more. Bach's keyboard works are typically polyphonic, and that basically means two melodies, or more acurately stated, two musical thoughts, are presented simultaneously. The resulting musical edifice has the potential to sound like, how does one say? "too many notes". Because of the very nature of counterpoint, the simple elegance of Mozart, or the heart-tugging in-your-face-passion of Beethoven, are not as accessible to the average listener. But there is an unmistakable breadth and vitality found in Bach's musical counterpoint, conjoined with a unique grandeur and nobility, that can move and uplift the spirit in a way that is entirely unique.
The Well Tempered Clavier (WTC) consists of two books, both of which are comprised of a prelude and fugue written in each of the major and minor keys of western music. Because there are twelve major keys, and twelve related minor keys, each book of the WTC is comprised of 24 prelude and fugues. One enjoyable aspect of the WTC for the new listener is that, because all of the major and minor keys are presented in a systematic way, one is able to discern what is most appealing to the listener's unique sensibilities. Perhaps you will find that you prefer major to minor, or vice versa. Perhaps you will find a handful of key signatures that you think are preferable, and that can be the foundation for further exploration into other pieces of music written in the same key.
I own a number of recordings of J.S. Bach's WTC. I happen to like book II better than book I, and this rendition is undoubtedly my favorite of them all.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gould brings the voices out May 12, 2003
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If you can get by the sound of Gould's own voice as he hums throughout you will get to feast on the genius of Bach's counterpoint. I don't know that I've heard another performer more evenly and distinctly bring out each voice in Bach's keyboard works. The recordings have been excellently remastered from the early originals.
I feel that Bach's early music had a more effortless and sometimes wistful or inspired quality than his later works. However, his later works seem much deeper in thought and character and emotion and skill than the earlier ones. I would have to say that if forced to choose I take the later works (Amazing Mass in B minor, Art of Fugue) including the later set of Preludes and Fugues performed here by a Bach master. I would never force myself to make that choice, however. Pick this one up and hear the voices sing (including Gould's, ouch!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Gould and a superb reference performance!
Glenn Gould was iconic in everything he did, believed, played, and said. He would have gone down in history as just another nut if he hadn't been such an unbelievably magnificent... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Glen Gould for fanatics
A wonderful choice of piano exercise CDs (x2), but not so much for a music listener...
The genius at work...
Published 12 months ago by Mike Miclos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Addition To Classical Music Set
I bought this CD for a class I took in college, and it really lived up to the professor's expectations. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David
1.0 out of 5 stars Has anyone noticed
that, according to this page, in this version, Fugue No. 22 has been cut to 16 seconds?
Is that true?
Could it have been mentioned in the reviews?
Published on November 1, 2010 by Fitzaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gould Is pure Gold
I had a LP of Glenn Gould playing Bach's Well Tempered Clavier II around 1970.
The album cover accentuated the fact that Bach's keyboard works were being
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Published on August 5, 2010 by Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I don't really understand why the second book of the Well tempered clavier and the Glenn Gould version in particular, is less loved than first. Read more
Published on September 5, 2008 by Uncle Freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach played by the Master
Great joy to listen to, as all others by him playing Bach. Ive listened to this a million times and it is as exciting and illuminating as the first time.
Published on July 28, 2007 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Why is the Well-Tempered Clavier 2 not as famous as the first Well-Tempered Clavier? I dont know. But just to let you know, I prefer Glenn Goulds recording of this 2nd Clavier book... Read more
Published on August 23, 2004 by Billy
3.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Gould, but bad Bach.
Once again, David Hurwitz is pushing his personal agenda. Do NOT purchase these discs unless you already own several sets of the 48 and want a truly unorthodox view that belies... Read more
Published on March 6, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Please consider the version by Andras Schiff...
I am a person who will not keep multiple versions (by different performers) for a specific record, and this is the version that made me spent extra! Read more
Published on August 5, 2002 by Marcus
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