THE HOME OF SPECIALIST MUSIC Supporting independant labels and artists from across the globe
All Genres | Ltd Editions | Signed CD's | Special Offers | Vinyl | Box Sets

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier (Books I & II)

Artist:
Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
4
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
10-09-2012
Genres:
Barcode:
028947648277
Packaging:
Box Set
Catalog Number:
4764827
J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier (Books I & II)
J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier (Books I & II)

Description

As a young pianist, András Schiff earned wide esteem for his 1980s recordings of the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach; in recent years, as part of his long-term relationship with ECM, he has gone back to Bach as a sage veteran, earning more acclaim for his New Series recordings of the Goldberg Variations (2003) and the six Partitas (2009). Now, using his own Steinway, Schiff turns his focus to the 48 preludes and fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier, making studio recordings in Lugano of both books for this 4-CD set.

An iconic inspiration for composers from Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Brahms and beyond, The Well-Tempered Clavier has long been considered the Old Testament of the keyboard literature (with Beethoven's piano sonatas as the New Testament). In his liner notes, Paul Griffiths underscores the suitability of Bach's timeless keyboard work for the modern piano: "Bach's inquiry into so many nuances, of touch, of interplay between hands and between contrapuntal lines, of character and of expressivity, has helped form keyboard technique as we know it, and his music belongs to the instrument of Beethoven, of Chopin, of Debussy, of Kurtág - especially when that instrument is played with the mastery and sensitivity of Schiff in these performances (...) Noteworthy is his floated melody and his rhythmic sense - his realization that so much of Bach's music is song or dance. Grandeur and intimacy are also here. Wit, too."

In the introduction to his ECM release of Bach's Partitas, Schiff laid out his motivation for revisiting music he first recorded two decades before: "Great music is far greater than its performers. We try our entire lives to unveil its secrets and to convey its unique message. Even if we never quite reach the imaginary goal, our many performances give us experience and knowledge that were hidden from us years ago. We form a better understanding of its structure and inner workings. Horizons broaden before our eyes."

"Mr. Schiff is, in Bach, a phenomenon. He doesn't so much perform it as emit, breathe it." - New York Times

Personnel: András Schiff (piano)

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. No. 1 In C Major, BWV 846: Prelude
  3. No. 1 In C Major, BWV 846: Fugue
  4. No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 847: Prelude
  5. No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 847: Fugue
  6. No. 3 In C-Sharp Major, BWV 848: Prelude
  7. No. 3 In C-Sharp Major, BWV 848: Fugue
  8. No. 4 In C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849: Prelude
  9. No. 4 In C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849: Fugue
  10. No. 5 In D Major, BWV 850: Prelude
  11. No. 5 In D Major, BWV 850: Fugue
  12. No. 6 In D Minor, BWV 851: Prelude
  13. No. 6 In D Minor, BWV 851: Fugue
  14. No. 7 In E Flat Major, BWV 852: Prelude
  15. No. 7 In E Flat Major, BWV 852: Fugue
  16. No. 8 In E Flat Minor, BWV 853: Prelude
  17. No. 8 In E Flat Minor, BWV 853: Fugue
  18. No. 9 In E Major, BWV 854: Prelude
  19. No. 9 In E Major, BWV 854: Fugue
  20. No. 10 In E Minor, BWV 855: Prelude
  21. No. 10 In E Minor, BWV 855: Fugue
  22. No. 11 In F Major, BWV 856: Prelude
  23. No. 11 In F Major, BWV 856: Fugue
  24. No. 12 In F Minor, BWV 857: Prelude
  25. No. 12 In F Minor, BWV 857: Fugue
  26. No. 13 In F Sharp Major, BWV 858: Prelude
  27. No. 13 In F Sharp Major, BWV 858: Fugue
  28. No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, BWV 859: Prelude
  29. No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, BWV 859: Fugue
  30. No. 15 In G Major, BWV 860: Prelude
  31. No. 15 In G Major, BWV 860: Fugue
  32. No. 16 In G Minor, BWV 861: Prelude
  33. No. 16 In G Minor, BWV 861: Fugue
  34. No. 17 In A Flat Major, BWV 862: Prelude 862
  35. No. 17 In A Flat Major, BWV 862: Fugue
  36. No. 18 In G Sharp Minor, BWV 863: Prelude
  37. No. 18 In G Sharp Minor, BWV 863: Fugue
  38. No. 19 In A Major, BWV 864: Prelude
  39. No. 19 In A Major, BWV 864: Fugue
  40. No. 20 In A Minor, BWV 865: Prelude
  41. No. 20 In A Minor, BWV 865: Fugue
  42. No. 21 In B Flat Major, BWV 866: Prelude
  43. No. 21 In B Flat Major, BWV 866: Fugue
  44. No. 22 In B Flat Minor, BWV 867: Prelude
  45. No. 22 In B Flat Minor, BWV 867: Fugue
  46. No. 23 In B Major, BWV 868: Prelude
  47. No. 23 In B Major, BWV 868: Fugue
  48. No. 24 In B Minor, BWV 869: Prelude
  49. No. 24 In B Minor, BWV 869: Fugue
  50. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 1 In C Major Prelude
  51. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 1 In C Major Fugue
  52. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 2 In C Minor Prelude
  53. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 2 In C Minor Fugue
  54. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 3 In C Sharp Major Prelude
  55. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 3 In C Sharp Major Fugue
  56. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 4 In C Sharp Minor Prelude
  57. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 4 In C Sharp Minor Fugue
  58. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 5 In D Major Prelude
  59. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 5 In D Major Fugue
  60. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 6 In D Minor Prelude
  61. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 6 In D Minor Fugue
  62. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 7 In E Flat Major Prelude
  63. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 7 In E Flat Major Fugue
  64. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 8 In D Sharp Minor Prelude
  65. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 8 In D Sharp Minor Fugue
  66. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 9 In E Major Prelude
  67. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 9 In E Major Fugue
  68. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 10 In E Minor Prelude
  69. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 10 In E Minor Fugue
  70. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 11 In F Major Prelude
  71. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 11 In F Major Fugue
  72. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 12 In F Minor Prelude
  73. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 12 In F Minor Fugue
  74. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 13 In F Sharp Major Prelude
  75. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 13 In F Sharp Major Fugue
  76. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 14 In F Sharp Minor Prelude
  77. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 14 In F Sharp Minor Fugue
  78. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 15 In G Major Prelude
  79. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 15 In G Major Fugue
  80. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 16 In G Minor Prelude
  81. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 16 In G Minor Fugue
  82. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 17 In A Flat Major Prelude
  83. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 17 In A Flat Major Fugue
  84. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 18 In G Sharp Minor Prelude
  85. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 18 In G Sharp Minor Fugue
  86. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 19 In A Major Prelude
  87. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 19 In A Major Fugue
  88. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 20 In A Minor Prelude
  89. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 20 In A Minor Fugue
  90. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 21 In B Flat Major Prelude
  91. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 21 In B Flat Major Fugue
  92. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 22 In B Flat Minor Prelude
  93. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 22 In B Flat Major Fugue
  94. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 23 In B Major Prelude
  95. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 23 In B Major Fugue
  96. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 24 In B Minor Prelude
  97. Das Wohltemperirte Clavier: No 24 In B Minor Fugue
£32.99
Out of stock

Fast delivery & returns worldwide