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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #60 on: September 23, 2008, 08:44:10 AM »

If you also go for a harpsichord version, I really like Bob van Asperen's recording, and also Gustav Leonardt's.

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Same here.  I also love Gilbert's set, and my favorite comes from Glenn Wilson on Teldec.  For those interested in the new Bach/Lehman tuning system, Richard Egarr/Harmonia Mundi and Peter Watchorn/Musica Omnia have both recorded Book 1; it's a very interesting tuning that Lehman contends was the one actually used by Bach. 


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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #61 on: September 23, 2008, 09:44:45 AM »
Another vote for Glen Wilson on harpsichord and Glen Glould on piano!

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For harpsichord, I'm now adding Ottavio Dantone to my earlier recommendation.
See my comments (and link to samples) HERE.

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #62 on: September 23, 2008, 09:48:20 AM »

 I find almost all of Gould's Preludes and Fugues (particularly the fugues) to be absolutely mesmerizing, full of spontaneity (not randomness) and vitality.
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Yes, I too feel the same, but I'm not sure whether to attribute it to Gould or Bach's wonderful fugues themselves. He does seem to have his own way of playing it, but still...


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If you also go for a harpsichord version, I really like Bob van Asperen's recording, and also Gustav Leonardt's.
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Same here.  I also love Gilbert's set, and my favorite comes from Glenn Wilson on Teldec.  For those interested in the new Bach/Lehman tuning system, Richard Egarr/Harmonia Mundi and Peter Watchorn/Musica Omnia have both recorded Book 1; it's a very interesting tuning that Lehman contends was the one actually used by Bach. 

Thanks again for the rec's, guys. :)
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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #63 on: September 23, 2008, 10:04:45 AM »


  Don  8), not for nothing but could you please explain what you mean by "Papa Bach"??  ??? ??

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« Reply #64 on: September 23, 2008, 11:26:52 AM »

  Don  8), not for nothing but could you please explain what you mean by "Papa Bach"??  ??? ??

  marvin

Performances that are very spiritually uplifting, as if Bach is standing before us with outstretched arms waiting to envelop us in his enlightenment and security.  It's an emotional thing, and I feel it most strongly in the Fellner recording on ECM.  I do caution that some other folks find the Fellner interpretations much less compelling than I do.

I forgot to mention that my review of the Fellner can be found on the MusicWeb International website.  Just search for Fellner.
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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #65 on: September 24, 2008, 01:39:22 PM »
Performances that are very spiritually uplifting, as if Bach is standing before us with outstretched arms waiting to envelop us in his enlightenment and security.  It's an emotional thing, and I feel it most strongly in the Fellner recording on ECM. 

  Ah yes I could use a surrogate father  0:).

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #66 on: October 01, 2008, 10:35:40 AM »
I noticed that Jill Crossland's name has not been mentioned on this thread, so I'll mention her now.  Her complete WTC is available on the Signum label and it's a glorious set of performances.  The colors she elicits are stunning, and her rhythms are exactly the way I like them.  I'm just amazed at how fresh the music sounds from Crossland.  From what I've read of other reviews, her performances are highly regarded.  Give it a try.  Both Books are available on the Naxos Music Library.

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #67 on: October 02, 2008, 05:37:59 AM »
Don, thanks for the heads up!  This is one that's probably as affordable expensive as it is good.   :P
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« Reply #68 on: October 03, 2008, 07:04:33 AM »
Don, thanks for the heads up!  This is one that's probably as affordable expensive as it is good.   :P

Yes, list price for both books is around $80, but you can get it from Amazon sellers for less than $60.

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #69 on: October 03, 2008, 12:58:09 PM »
Don, thanks for the heads up! 

Hope you love the set.  I forgot to mention that Crossland also recorded the Goldbergs in the late 1990's; it's on Warner Apex.  Be advised that her Goldbergs, although quite interesting, is well below the level of her WTC.  She was very young back then, and her fantastic way with color in the WTC doesn't come across in her Goldbergs.  Also, she tends to be a "note blaster" in the earlier recording.

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« Reply #70 on: October 04, 2008, 06:34:49 AM »
Hope you love the set.  I forgot to mention that Crossland also recorded the Goldbergs in the late 1990's; it's on Warner Apex.  Be advised that her Goldbergs, although quite interesting, is well below the level of her WTC.  She was very young back then, and her fantastic way with color in the WTC doesn't come across in her Goldbergs.  Also, she tends to be a "note blaster" in the earlier recording.

Good to know!  The Goldbergs are more tempting because of the pricepoint.  The WTC is very expensive, especially as the 2 Book set isn't out in the USA yet.  It would be fiscally worthwhile to wait for that to be available, or to try and source it elsewhere. 

Any idea whether Till Felner has recorded the second book yet?  I'd really love to see that one.

Btw, the Crossland WTC is also available at Classics Online for ~$20.00 per volume at 320kbps MP3 as well as at Amazon at 256kbps MP3 for $17.00.  Neither is tempting enough for that price considering the compression.
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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #71 on: October 04, 2008, 07:32:59 AM »
Good to know!  The Goldbergs are more tempting because of the pricepoint.  The WTC is very expensive, especially as the 2 Book set isn't out in the USA yet.  It would be fiscally worthwhile to wait for that to be available, or to try and source it elsewhere. 

Any idea whether Till Felner has recorded the second book yet?  I'd really love to see that one.


Crossland's Book 2 is available in the USA.  As for Felner's Book 2, no recording yet.

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #72 on: October 04, 2008, 09:46:41 AM »
I was not referring Book 2, but the combined 2 book set (WTC I & WTC II) which is now available in UK.

Drat!  I really liked Fellner's book 1!

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #73 on: January 16, 2009, 10:36:03 AM »
Angela Hewitt's second recording of the 48 will be released this year. I found this while listening to her first, so I have not listened to the samples yet.
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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #74 on: January 16, 2009, 12:21:49 PM »
Angela Hewitt's second recording of the 48 will be released this year. I found this while listening to her first, so I have not listened to the samples yet.

This surprises me very much since Hewitt's first go at it was just about 10 years ago.  I assume she has re-thought her interpretations and now has some new ideas for us.  Should be interesting, and I hope the new one's better than the first (which was pretty good but not outstanding).

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #75 on: January 16, 2009, 01:45:14 PM »
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Bach, JS Well-tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2 w/ Jill Crossland - Signum Records has just 'combined' this set into a 4-CD offering which I could not find offered in the USA (Amazon upped its price to nearly $42 per 2-CD books!) - so, for the first time ordering overseas, I just entered a purchase on the Signum UK site for the 4-CD TOTAL set - I think w/ the exchange rate (and S/H) the price will be just under $40!  :)

Now, Don (a.k.a. Bulldog) peaked my interest in this set, so expect to really enjoy!  ;D

Just duplicating a recent post of mine above about Crossland's WTC - have listened to this set several times already - decided to 'sell off' my first Hewitt WTC - the new 4-CD 'combined' offering by Signum Records is hard to match for price or performance!  :)


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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #76 on: January 16, 2009, 01:53:21 PM »
Just duplicating a recent post of mine above about Crossland's WTC - have listened to this set several times already - decided to 'sell off' my first Hewitt WTC - the new 4-CD 'combined' offering by Signum Records is hard to match for price or performance!  :)



I still have my copies of Hewitt's WTC, but I also much prefer Crossland.

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #77 on: January 16, 2009, 02:33:26 PM »
Pah, forget Hewitt. What you need is Vladimir Feltsman.  ;D

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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #78 on: January 16, 2009, 02:42:47 PM »
Pah, forget Hewitt. What you need is Vladimir Feltsman.  ;D

Yeah, good set that.
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Re: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
« Reply #79 on: January 16, 2009, 02:43:08 PM »
Pah, forget Hewitt. What you need is Vladimir Feltsman.  ;D

I hope it's better than Feltsman's odd and not satisfying Goldbergs with those horrible repeats.