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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I

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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I


This never-before-released concert recording by pianist Keith Jarrett of Book I of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, made in March 1987 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, New York, is now issued in ECM's 50th anniversary year.

"These are performances in which tempos, phrasing, articulation and the execution of ornaments are convincing," wrote Gramophone of Jarrett's first recorded account of the first 24 of Bach's "48" some three decades ago. "Both instrument and performer serve as unobtrusive media through which the music emerges without enhancement."

In this live recording from Troy, just one month after his studio recording of the work, Jarrett addresses the challenges of Bach's great set of preludes and fugues once more. Part of the goal is transparency, to bring the listener closer to the composer. As the pianist explained at the time: "The very direction of the lines, the moving lines of notes, are inherently expressiveWhen I play Bach, I hear almost the process of thought. Any coloration has nothing to do with this process."


  1. Name
  2. The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (Bwv 846-869): I Prelude C Major
  3. I Fugue C Major
  4. II Prelude C Minor
  5. II Fugue C Minor
  6. III Prelude C-Sharp Major
  7. III Fugue C-Sharp Major
  8. Iv Prelude C-Sharp Minor
  9. Iv Fugue C-Sharp Minor
  10. V Prelude D Major
  11. V Fugue D Major
  12. Vi Prelude D Minor
  13. Vi Fugue D Minor
  14. Vii Prelude E-Flat Major
  15. Vii Fugue E-Flat Major
  16. Viii Prelude E-Flat Minor
  17. Viii Fugue D-Sharp Minor
  18. Ix Prelude E Major
  19. Ix Fugue E Major
  20. X Prelude E Minor
  21. X Fugue E Minor
  22. Xi Prelude F Major
  23. Xi Fugue F Major
  24. Xii Prelude F Minor
  25. Xii Fugue F Minor
  26. Xiii Prelude F-Sharp Major
  27. Xiii Fugue F-Sharp Major
  28. Xiv Prelude F-Sharp Minor
  29. Xiv Fugue F-Sharp Minor
  30. Xv Prelude G Major
  31. Xv Fugue G Major
  32. Xvi Prelude G Minor
  33. Xvi Fugue G Minor
  34. Xvii Prelude A-Flat Major
  35. Xvii Fugue A-Flat Major
  36. Xviii Prelude G-Sharp Minor
  37. Xviii Fugue G-Sharp Minor
  38. Xix Prelude A Major
  39. Xix Fugue A Major
  40. Xx Prelude A Minor
  41. Xx Fugue A Minor
  42. Xxi Prelude B-Flat Major
  43. Xxi Fugue B-Flat Major
  44. Xxii Prelude B-Flat Minor
  45. Xxii Fugue B-Flat Minor
  46. Xxiii Prelude B Major
  47. Xxiii Fugue B Major
  48. Xxiv Prelude B Minor
  49. Xxiv Fugue B Minor
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