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Well-Tempered Clavier

Edwin Fischer Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.1 in C, BWV 846 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.2 in C minor, BWV 847 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.3 in C sharp, BWV 848 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.4 in C sharp minor, BWV 849 7:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.5 in D, BWV 850 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.6 in D minor, BWV 851 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.7 in E flat, BWV 852 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 8:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.9 in E, BWV 854 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.10 in E minor, BWV 855 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.11 in F, BWV 856 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.12 in F minor, BWV 857 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.13 in F sharp, BWV 858 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.14 in F sharp minor, BWV 859 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.15 in G, BWV 860 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.16 in G minor, BWV 861 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.17 in A flat, BWV 862 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.18 in G sharp minor, BWV 863 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.19 in A, BWV 864 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.20 in A minor, BWV 865 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.21 in B flat, BWV 866 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.22 in B flat minor, BWV867 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.23 in B, BWV 868 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book I: No.24 in B minor, BWV 869 9:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.1 IN C, BWV 870 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.2 in C minor, BWV 871 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.3 in C sharp, BWV 872 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.4 in C sharp minor, BWV 873 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.5 in D, BWV 874 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.6 in D minor, BWV 875 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.7 in E flat, BWV 876 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.8 in D sharp minor, BWV 877 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.9 in E, BWV 878 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.10 in E minor, BWV879 (prelude) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.10 in E minor, BWV 879 (Fugue) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.11 in F, BWV 880 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.12 in F minor, BWV 881 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.13 in F sharp, BWV 882 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.15 in G, BWV 884 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.16 in G minor, BWV 885 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.17 A flat, BWV 886 7:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.18 in G sharp minor, BWV 887 7:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.19 in A, BWV 888 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.20 in A minor, BWV 889 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.21 in B flat, BWV 890 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 8:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.23 in B, BWV 892 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier BWV846-93 (1999 Digital Remaster), Book II: No.24 in B minor, BWV 893 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 



Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00002DDV9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I was quite amazed when I noticed that no-one has rewiewed this recording! German superpianist Edwin Fischer made first complete recording of this work in 1930's. In my opinion, it's still truly best performance. Other excellent choices are Rosalyn Tureck's, Glenn Gould's and Andras Schiff's recordings. If one wants to listen legendary cembalo version of this work, excellent choice is Wanda Landowska's recording. Edwin Fischer's recording is magical. You can't stop listening to it. After you have heard the first prelude in C major, you have to listen the whole first book of preludes & fugues. And after that, you automatically start the second book. Fischer has very beautiful singing tone. While you listen, you can imagine yourself sitting in a huge church, where a beautiful soprano sings the melody, and a small chamber orchestra makes a great accompanist. Fischer also makes the dynamic differences and the so important thing in Bach, articulation, in natural way. The sound quality is very good, and EMI has managed to put this work in three CD's, each holding up to 80 minutes of this fantastic playing. And it's mid-price. Warmly recommended to every pianist, everyone who likes Bach, and everyone who wants to get to know his music and style. Mind-blowing performance!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great version April 8, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The sound is a little grey, but the performances are just so bright and warm and luminous. I don't know why the tempi struck another reviewer as weird; they seem unfailingly correct to me. Fischer's performances have an unhurried feeling to them, yet they are also fully focused and full of brio. This is a tough combination of qualities to muster. The individual lines are brought out with great definition, each one with its own special phrasing, very expressive, and very alert to all the music's implications. And there is a sense of humor, and a real tenderness. Although Gould's WTC is still my favorite, I would pick Fischer's treatment over Andras Schiff's, or either of the two Sviatoslav Richter versions I have heard. I waited a long time to hear Fischer because I didn't think I was going to like his approach. Finally I found the Naxos issue of this material at a very low price and decided to check it out. If you love this music you really ought to hear this marvelously satisfying, deeply insightful and musical reading. What a wonderful surprise it was.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising! August 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After reading the reviews I managed to obtain a cheap copy of this set and expected the worst/best. After playing the entire thing through at least four times in two days I'd say that if I had to replace it I'd shell out the full price in a second.

First, the sound is good on the early recordings, great on the later. Given that these are 70 years old I was a bit startled and totally pleased. Unless you really can't adapt to older-sounding recordings (a situation I find analogous to not being able to handle silent movies or--to a newer generation--black and white films--sad!) this shouldn't be a factor. Frankly, I find the quality of older recording often charming and less wearing on the ears; a recording from the 1930s often makes for wonderful and atmospheric late night listening.

Second, these are exercises--practice pieces---and as far as this reviewer's concerned anyone can play them any darned way they want to. I mean, why would anyone complain at all about different interpretations of--above all others--THESE short works? A professional pianist should be able to charge into one of them once and a while at full gallop just to see if he or she can do it, or drag one out and milk it for all the sadness one can. There's a tendency these days to get more than a bit weird about performances--we judge them by measures of perfection rather than by expressiveness, passion, or other less quantifiable aspects.

In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say this about that (and risk annoying some with horrid generalizations that happen to be true!). I've noticed in my long lifetime that those who really can't evaluate things in depth and breadth often use detail and superficial ideas of perfection as their standards of excellence.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential and the Unessential May 25, 2004
By BLee
Format:Audio CD
I happen to have both the EMI and Naxos versions. The former is only of marginally better sound quality only. I rather prefer the version on Philips' Great Pianists of the Century-- but that is not a complete set of the old testament though.
In Edwin Fischer, we could perhaps look for three things. First, his superb legato sound. Only Hofmann and Serkin or and not even Freire could really compare with him on this score. Second, coupled with a super legato is his luminous sound particularly those from the chords which could be so powerful and dramatic: very close to or even better than Arrau (except his Waldstein). Third, a SPONTANEITY and FRESHNESS that makes the piece sound like improvised instead of mannered or alculated, even if not mechanical-- it was mainly because of this that pianists of the older generation couldn't, or rather wouldn't, play the way we do. The ultimate result, a bell like sound with which Fischer commuincates his experience with Bach or even communion with God which tanscends. It's a sheer power of divination: it's heavenly music that he has to offer.
The expense of spontaneity and freshness? Some "wrong notes". Yes, quite a few. It's the music and music making that matter after all: shouldn't we focus on the essentials instead of the unessentials, unless there is a thirst or hangover for some piano exam/competition? Note that some pianists (say, Rachmaninov, Friedmann and Horowitz...) even deliberately changes the scores intheir performances; whereas the others prefer one authentic version to the others, and composers themslves would edite his own works almost all their life....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kewl !!
You can hear music that is unavailable to a harpsichord. I didn't realize that WTC sounded like etudes. Now I do.
Published on June 7, 2010 by MS Smithy
5.0 out of 5 stars happy purchaser
This excellent 3 disc set arrived in good condition and promptly. I am happy to endorse the sellers service.
Published on February 9, 2009 by Mrs. S. M. Minish
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious playing
Hearing Fischer play the WTC is the closest I've come to a religious experience listening to classical music. Read more
Published on May 2, 2008 by dm
5.0 out of 5 stars New visions!
Bach -as Shakespeare- admits multiple visions, due and thanks to his genius. In the case of this Bach, we feel in these performances, a sidereal vision loaded of that visible and... Read more
Published on November 13, 2007 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Venerable reading of WTC, dated but still worth a listen
The Swiss pianist Edwin Fischer (1886-1960), whose roster of students included the great Alfred Brendel, is still much admired today. Read more
Published on July 14, 2005 by klavierspiel
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag...
This is Bach the way I would personally play it, but I can understand the many objections to recording. Read more
Published on November 1, 2003 by Edward Gilbert
2.0 out of 5 stars I found it quite easy to stop listening!
This is pretty miserable stuff. The tempi are weird, the pianist definitely does not have a "singing tone" as others have claimed, and the sound quality ranges from just... Read more
Published on December 6, 2000
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