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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.