Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I

by Maurizio Pollini

CD

$21.70 $24.99 Save 13% Current price is $21.7, Original price is $24.99. You Save 13%.
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Wednesday, October 24?   Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Shipping at checkout.

Overview

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I

There's nothing at all wrong with Maurizio Pollini's 2009 performance of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1." The Italian pianist's intellectual lucidity, interpretive clarity, and technical virtuosity are apparent in every prelude and fugue, and his probing insights and penetrating analysis inform every note. However, there is almost nothing right with the sound quality of the recording. The piano sounds too distant, making it hard to hear precisely what Pollini is doing, but oddly, the ambient sound is too present, making every extraneous noise too loud. One should not hear the pedals being pressed and lifted, much less the clatter of the hammers and the twanging of the strings above the sound of the music. Worse yet, one can hear what sounds like every breath Pollini takes nearly as loudly as every note he plays. These are all grievous flaws that should have been eliminated, and their presence fatally undermines the brilliance of Pollini's performances. A reengineered version of these performances would be most welcome, but the present recording is so flawed that it virtually destroys Pollini's playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947780786
catalogNumber: 001363702
Rank: 129326

Tracks

  1. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103)

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago