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Well-tempered Clavier

J S Bach
The Well-tempered Clavier, Book Two

SBCD219 - £14.00

 

This masterwork has for three hundred years been considered Bach’s greatest contribution to keyboard music. Recognised as a foundation of excellence in playing technique and imaginative composition, it has inspired later geniuses from Mozart and Haydn through to Shostakovich.

The work forms two books, each containing 24 preludes and 24 fugues, covering all the keys of the chromatic scale. Featuring a huge variety of style and mood, it makes for memorable and highly entertaining listening. This double CD contains Book Two of the “48”.

This new recording has already prompted these responses from experts in the field:

It’s impossible not to remain fully engaged through each and every work in this breathtakingly beautiful recording, which is as near perfect as would seem possible. The harpsichord’s voice has a wonderful clarity and fullness, the recording is crystal clear, and the performance exquisite and completely absorbing.
Carolyn Winter for Capriccio Baroque

I have really enjoyed this recording: really distinct from many others which I have, especially regarding inégales, tempo choice and ornamentation. It really sheds a fresh light on these pieces. I also found the booklet very interesting. Now I must have Book One as well.
Elmar de Pauw

I’m listening to the first CD of Bk 2 for the second time - can’t bear to move on to the second CD yet. You are a FABULOUS player!
Elizabeth Rees

The instrument used in this recording is my 2016 harpsichord after an original by Nicholas Celini. (You may also be interested to see how I went about restoring the original, dated 1661.)

 

Total playing time CD One: 72.01
Total playing time CD Two: 75.33

 

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