Bach The Well Tempered

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 260 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 0289 477 8078 GH2 | Time: 01:50:24

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.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier I (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 112:05 minutes | 1.79 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Pierre-Laurent Aimard again conquers the iconic keyboard repertoire by Johann Sebastian Bach after his hugely successful The Art of Fugue recording 2008. After The Art of Fugue which sold more than 60k worldwide this is another milestone in Aimard’s DG discography.
Sviatoslav Richter - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2011) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Sviatoslav Richter - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 502 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 288 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 01848 | Time: 02:01:44

This cycle of preludes and fugues composed by Johann Sebastian Bach ranks tremendously high in the world of music. It is not just one of the immortal masterpieces of the world music literature; it is an encyclopedia of polyphonic art, a handbook for life, and an inexhaustible source of delight. Sviatoslav Richter said, Whenever I set to the Well-Tempered Clavier, I always get consumed with a desire not to exclude any of the sides for the sake of one narrow and dogmatic position. I am confident that Bach can be played in different ways, with different articulation and different dynamics, as long as the whole is preserved and the performance is convincing.
Ramin Bahrami - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II (2016) [TR24][OF]

Ramin Bahrami - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | 148:43 min | 4.44 GB | Front Cover
Label: Decca | Tracks: 48 | Rls.date: 2016

Qualche settimana fa recensivamo il primo libro del Wohltemperierte Klavier eseguito all’organo da Daniele Boccaccio. In quell’occasione si ricordava come il termine “klavier”, utilizzato da Bach per indicare lo strumento da usare per l’esecuzione, sia in realtà molto generico, indicando qualunque strumento a tastiera: clavicembalo, clavicordo, fortepiano, organo, e quindi anche ciò che nel 700 ancora non esisteva, il pianoforte.
Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 & 2 (1990) 4CDs

Colin Tilney - Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperirte Clavier (1990) 4CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.8 Gb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 05:04:36
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66351/4

In his recording of Bach's 48 Colin Tilney, unlike his fellow competitors in the same repertory, plays both a clavichord (Book 1) and a harpsichord (Book 2). Why not? Bach's title for the first book of 24 preludes and fugues, The Well-tempered Clavier leaves both this issue and that of tuning wide open. The clavichord was a favourite instrument of Bach's, so was the harpsichord and the organ; indeed, I am sorry that Tilney does not include a chamber organ since some of the pieces, the E major Prelude and Fugue (Book 2), for instance, seem well-suited to it. Tilney's performance of the 48 differs again from almost if not all others in the sequence which he adopts in playing the preludes and fugues. But an apparently random approach is in fact nothing of the kind, but one that is directly linked with tuning. We know that Bach himself was a master in matters of tuning as he was in all other aspects of his craft. What we do not know is the exact nature of his tuning.
Christophe Rousset - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2016)

Christophe Rousset - Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 02:04:20 | 287 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Aparté-Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset is one of the finest and most exciting harpsichordists, and as a conductor is a leader in the late 20th century revival of French Baroque music. After studying piano as a boy, he became deeply interested in the harpsichord at the age of 13. He studied with Huguette Dreyfus at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and, from 1980 to 1983, with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He won a special certificate of distinction at the Schola Cantorum and, in 1983, the first prize at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges. He began a professional career, in which he rose quickly in the ranks of the world's harpsichordists. He soon appeared at some of the most prestigious early music festivals, including those of Aix-en-Provence, Saintes, Veaune, Utrecht, La Roque d'Anthéron, and Les Printemps des Arts de Nantes.

Angela Hewitt : Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (2009)  

Posted by peotuvave at Oct. 18, 2015
Angela Hewitt : Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (2009)

Angela Hewitt : Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (2009)
X Lossless Decoder | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 688 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 620 MB | 4 CDs | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67741

Ten years ago Angela Hewitt recorded a version of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I which dazzled the critical world and record-buying public. It was followed shortly afterwards by Book II which was similarly received. Now, fresh from her Bach World Tour—in which she performed the complete Well-Tempered Clavier from August 2007 until the end of October 2008 in 58 cities in 21 countries on six continents—Angela has made an entirely new recording of this most iconic of keyboard works.
Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (2003) 2CD

Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.01 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 352 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 474 546-2 | Time: 02:24:50

In a way, this is the best possible version of the WTC to someone who is looking for a balanced, deep and totally honest version. The harpsichord is a beautiful Flemish-French (recent research shows it is rather more French than Flemish) harpsichord (Gilbert's own) that has a marvelous sound: rich and deep, and yet bright and clear. Professor Gilbert's version is as new now as it was when it was released. It is totally respectful of the music (you won't find eccentricities, here, just the music but superlatively played). He has a very cantabile sense of the music - every voice is respected - and his Bach is phrased almost as a dance, rather than as gesturing. He seems to belie Leonhardt, when the Dutch says that the piano was meant to sing and the harpsichord to speak; in Gilbert's hands, it really sings). Do not expect strong chords, abrupt contrasts or anything like that. Gilbert's version is for the connoisseur rather than the Fireworks enthusiast. If you examine, in detail, the way he plays, you will find that every voice is subtly sung, that the amount of work and serious thought he lavished into Bach's music is prodigious.
Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2003) 2CD

Kenneth Gilbert - J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 790 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 270 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 474 221-2 | Time: 01:51:00

Although not quite at the level of profundity of his teacher Gustav Leonhardt's recording, Kenneth Gilbert's 1983 recording of Book 1 of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier does have a style and polish that Leonhardt's too often lacked. Thus, while Leonhardt goes further into some of the minor-key fugues to find intellectual and spiritual depths that Gilbert does not plumb, Gilbert's playing is so much more elegant and graceful than Leonhardt's that it is difficult to choose between them. For listeners who approach The Well-Tempered Clavier as a volume of virtuoso works whose success depends on the effortless refinement of the player, the Gilbert, with its superbly remastered sound, will be the one to get. For listeners who approach The Well-Tempered Clavier as a volume of prayers written as preludes and fugues, the Leonhardt will be preferable. Both are superb and both belong in any Bach collection.

Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Book II - Peter Hill (2012)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at Oct. 31, 2012
Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Book II - Peter Hill (2012)

Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Book II - Peter Hill (2012)
X Lossless Decoder | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 2 CDs | Full Scans | 567 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Delphian | Catalog Number: 34101

A recognised authority in 20th century and contemporary music, Peter Hill turns for the first time on disc to another of his lifelong preoccupations – the music of JS Bach. On this new recording, Hill brings his customary scholarly acumen and crystalline musical intelligence to bear on Book two of the ‘48’ - music of ‘unsurpassed inventiveness’.