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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000MRP1SM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 1 in C major
2. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 1 in C major
3. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 2 in C minor
4. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 2 in C minor
5. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 3 in C sharp major
6. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major
7. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 4 in C sharp minor
8. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor
9. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 5 in D major
10. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 5 in D major
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Disc: 2
1. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 15 in G major
2. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 15 in G major
3. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 16 in G minor
4. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 16 in G minor
5. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 17 in A flat major
6. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 17 in A flat major
7. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 18 in G sharp minor
8. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor
9. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 19 in A major
10. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 19 in A major
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Bach's monumental collection of Preludes and Fugues in all keys explored new systems of harpsichord tuning which made such an enterprise possible. Described as the pianist's Old Testament, complemented by the New Testament of Beethoven's Sonatas, the Prel

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It has a light, lyrical sound.
Robin Friedman
I think this is a wonderful recording of Bach's well tempered clavier book 1 by Luc Beausejour and I'm afraid I disagree with the other review here by Mr.Satz.
r.b.
I think others, at least those who are not totally entranced by Gould, will enjoy these discs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 28, 2007
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In 1717, Bach spent four weeks in prison as a result of what were deemed to be his over-zealous attempts to leave his employment with the Weimar court. Bach is said to have written Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier, at least in part, "in a place where ennui, boredom,, and the absence of any kind of musical instrument forced him to resort to this pastime." (Christoph Wolff, "Johann Sebastian Bach, The Learned Musician", page.184).

Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier was published in 1722 with a brief note by Bach describing the work as "The Well-Tempered Clavier, or preludes and fugues through all the tones and semitones, both as regards the tertia major or [Do] Re Me and as concerns the tertia minor or Re Me Fa. For the use and profit of the musical youth desirous of learning as well as for the pastime of those already skilled in this study." Many years later, between 1738 -- 1742, Bach published Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier. The 48 Preludes and Fugues have since their composition formed a backbone of the repertory for keyboard.

Book I consists of 24 preludes and fugues in each of the 12 major and minor keys using well-tempered tuning.The work begins in C major and C minor, followed by the major and minor keys in ascending half-steps. Thus, the final prelude and fugue are in the key of b minor. In this collection, Bach explores the full potential of keyboard music in expressiveness and technique. The preludes are improvisatory and free-style. The fugues are rigorous and learned and range from two voices to two fugues with five large voices. The mood of the work varies widely from severe and grand to song and dance and play.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By r.b. on April 26, 2007
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I think this is a wonderful recording of Bach's well tempered clavier book 1 by Luc Beausejour and I'm afraid I disagree with the other review here by Mr.Satz. So far my highest regard for a recorded performance of this masterpiece goes to Bob Van Asperen.Luc Beausejour's version is on a par with Asperen's.Some would call this a mainstream performance,i call it a SENSIBLE performance with no silly antics or over indulgent tempi, just a good,elegant interpretation that comes from the heart.

I agree the sound could have used a shade more bass and indeed the harpsichord itself is rather "thin" sounding (it's supposed to be a German style instrument constructed by Yves Beaupre but in fact it sounds nothing like the surviving harpsichords of MIETKE,HARRASS,ZELL,GRABNER and HASS)and i wished he had used a more substantial instrument,although it is pleasant sounding and not clangy on the ears.
Altogether it's the playing itself that makes this recording a solid,reliable and very praiseworthy effort indeed.
WELL DONE MR BEAUSEJOUR!!! NOW HOW ABOUT BOOK 2.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald N. Satz on April 24, 2007
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Based on Luc Beausejour's other recordings of Baroque harpsichord music, I had high hopes for his new set of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. 1. Unfortunately, Beausejour gives us an entirely mainstream reading except for relatively quick tempos that reduce the poignancy of Bach's music.

Other negative considerations are that Beausejour rarely varies tempo within each piece of music and treats the use of hesitations and staggering of musical lines as forbidden fruit. Worst of all, the harpsichord sound is thin with very weak bass response that dampens the dialogue among Bach's contrapuntal voices.

Alternatives? There are many harpsichord versions that easily surpass the Beausejour set: Gilbert, Leonhardt, van Asperen, Walcha, Ross, Wilson, Dantone, Verlet, Hantai, Jaccottet, Koopman, Landowska, Parmentier, Suzuki and Cooper. Also, let's not forget the host of piano versions that stand tall in the catalogs: Fellner, Schepkin, Crochet, Feinberg, Richter, Nikolayeva, Fischer, Horszowski, Hewitt, Gould, Gulda, Schiff, Tureck, Martins and Aldwell. Given this fierce competition, the Beausejour set never gets out of the starting gate.
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