J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1

by Trevor PinnockTrevor Pinnock

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Overview

Since returning to harpsichord playing full-time, Trevor Pinnock has released some superb Bach recordings. He may have outdone himself with this traversal of "Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846-869." At the very least, the recording is worth close attention, even in an environment of strong competition around these keyboard classics. The hallmark of Pinnock's approach in this systematic work is variety. He catches, as few others do, how the emphasis in each pair is sometimes on the prelude, sometimes on the fugue, how the relationship between the two is different in almost every case, and how the fugue themes are almost infinite in their implications. What's really remarkable, though, is that Pinnock does this all within a fairly strict rhythmic framework. Pinnock sometimes portrays himself as avoiding strictness, but that's by the standards of the early historical-performance movement that he did so much to pioneer. Pinnock's slight alterations of tempo in the preludes are not obvious, but they draw the listener into the flow of the work, and the fugues are beautifully shaped. With intimate but not over-close sound, this is the beginning of a "Well-Tempered Clavier" for the ages.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2020
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028948384365
catalogNumber: 003200302

Tracks

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

    1. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 846 in C major - Praeludium I  (02:16)
    2. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 858 in F sharp major - Praeludium XIII  (01:23)
    3. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 846 in C major - Fuga II  (02:13)
    4. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 858 in F sharp major - Fuga XIII  (02:19)
    5. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 847 in C minor - Praeludium II  (01:35)
    6. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 859 in F sharp minor - Praeludium XIV  (01:13)
    7. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 847 in C minor - Fuga II  (01:37)
    8. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 859 in F sharp minor - Fuga XIV  (02:43)
    9. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 848 in C sharp major - Praeluddium III  (01:27)
    10. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 860 in G major - Praeludium XV  (01:04)
    11. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 848 in C sharp major - Fuga III  (02:25)
    12. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 860 in G major - Fuga XV  (02:49)
    13. Praeludium & Fuga (a 5 voci) BWV 849 in C sharp minor - Praeludium IV  (02:41)
    14. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 861 in G minor - Praeludium XVI  (01:54)
    15. Praeludium & Fuga (a 5 voci) BWV 849 in C sharp minor - Fuga IV  (04:36)
    16. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 861 in G minor - Fuga XVI  (02:48)
    17. Praeludium & Guga (a 4 voci) BWV 850 in D major - Praeludium V  (01:16)
    18. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 862 in A flat major - Praeludium XVII  (01:24)
    19. Praeludium & Guga (a 4 voci) BWV 850 in D major - Fuga V  (01:46)
    20. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 862 in A flat major - Fuga XVII  (02:51)
    21. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 851 in D minor - Praeludium VI  (01:27)
    22. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 863 in G sharp minor - Praeludium XVIII  (01:44)
    23. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 851 in D minor - Fuga VI  (02:08)
    24. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 863 in G sharp minor - Fuga XVIII  (03:11)
    25. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 852 in E flat major - Praeludium VII  (05:03)
    26. Praeludium & Guga (a 3 voci) BWV 864 in A major - Praeludium XIX  (01:28)
    27. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 852 in E flat major - Fuga VII  (01:53)
    28. Praeludium & Guga (a 3 voci) BWV 864 in A major - Fuga XIX  (02:20)
    29. Praaeluddium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 853 in E flat minor - Praeludium VIII  (03:04)
    30. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 865 in A minor - Praeludium XX  (01:14)
    31. Praaeluddium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 853 in E flat minor - Fuga VIII  (06:25)
    32. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 865 in A minor - Fuga XX  (04:14)
    33. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 854 in E major - Praeludium IX  (01:30)
    34. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 866 in B flat major - Praeludium XXI  (01:15)
    35. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 854 in E major - Fuga IX  (01:21)
    36. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 866 in B flat major - Fuga XXI  (01:55)
    37. Praeludium & Fuga (a 2 voci) BWV 855 in E minor - Praeludium X  (02:12)
    38. Praeludium & Fuga (a 5 voci) BWV 867 in B flat minor - Praeludium XXII  (03:32)
    39. Praeludium & Fuga (a 2 voci) BWV 855 in E minor - Fuga X  (01:23)
    40. Praeludium & Fuga (a 5 voci) BWV 867 in B flat minor - Fuga XXII  (03:16)
    41. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 856 in F major - Praeludium XI  (01:05)
    42. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 868 in B major - Praeludium XXIII  (00:59)
    43. Praeludium & Fuga (a 3 voci) BWV 856 in F major - Fuga XI  (01:17)
    44. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 868 in B major - Fuga XXIII  (02:26)
    45. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 857 in F minor - Praeludium XII  (01:59)
    46. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 869 in B minor - Praeludium XXIV. Andante  (05:03)
    47. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 857 in F minor - Fuga XII  (04:26)
    48. Praeludium & Fuga (a 4 voci) BWV 869 in B minor - Fuga XXIV. Largo  (07:21)

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