Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I

by Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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Overview

It's a bit hard to ascertain what has propelled French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard to popularity that extends beyond usual classical spheres. He specializes in precisely the kind of High Modernist music that generally discourages crossover audiences. In earlier music he is an odd combination of precise and mercurial, and perhaps that's what people like about him. Bach's 24 preludes and fugues of the "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869," are a very diverse palette. It's a pianistic interpretation, with each prelude and fugue pair matched generally as to mood, but with subtle variation in the relationships across the set. The opening C major prelude is heavily pedaled and almost impressionistic, but after that Aimard backs off and begins to take a sinewy contrapuntal approach that emphasizes the little dissonances that are so much a part of the experience of playing Bach or listening to him closely. Whether or not the whole thing holds together is a matter of the individual listener's opinion, but it's not boring, and Aimard is aided by fine studio sound from Deutsche Grammophon that captures all the shades of what he is doing. Ultimately, Aimard's unexpected popularity may be all to the good.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947927846
catalogNumber: 002119902
Rank: 127833

Tracks

  1. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 15 in G major (WTC I/15), BWV 860 (BC L94)
  2. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 16 in G minor (WTC I/16), BWV 861 (BC L95)
  3. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 17 in A flat major (WTC I/17), BWV 862 (BC L96)
  4. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 18 in G sharp minor (WTC I/18), BWV 863 (BC L97)
  5. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 19 in A major (WTC I/19), BWV 864 (BC L98)
  6. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 20 in A minor (WTC I/20), BWV 865 (BC L99)
  7. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 21 in B flat major (WTC I/21), BWV 866 (BC L100)
  8. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 22 in B flat minor (WTC I/22), BWV 867 (BC L101)
  9. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 23 in B major (WTC I/23), BWV 868 (BC L102)
  10. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 24 in B minor (WTC I/24), BWV 869 (BC L103)
  11. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 14 in F sharp minor (WTC I/14), BWV 859 (BC L93)
  12. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 13 in F sharp major (WTC I/13), BWV 858 (BC L92)
  13. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 9 in E major (WTC I/9), BWV 854 (BC L88)
  14. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 8 in E flat minor (WTC I/8), BWV 853 (BC L87)
  15. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 7 in E flat major (WTC I/7), BWV 852 (BC L86)
  16. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 6 in D minor (WTC I/6), BWV 851 (BC L85)
  17. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80)
  18. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 5 in D major (WTC I/5), BWV 850 (BC L84)
  19. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 4 in C sharp minor (WTC I/4), BWV 849 (BC L83)
  20. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 3 in C sharp major (WTC I/3), BWV 848 (BC L82)
  21. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor (WTC I/2), BWV 847 (BC L81)
  22. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 12 in F minor (WTC I/12), BWV 857 (BC L91)
  23. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 11 in F major (WTC I/11), BWV 856 (BC L90)
  24. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 10 in E minor (WTC I/10), BWV 855 (BC L89)

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