- Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Notes & Reviews:
"Egarr offers up a superb recording of the first 24 of the '48'. This is really one of the better recordings of the 'Well-Tempered Clavier'. Egarr's playing is consistently interesting and thoughtful, and above all his ideas are clearly presented with clever articulation... For temperament nuts out there, this one is in the "Bach" temperament that Bradley Lehman decoded from the decoration on the title page of the autograph. While the authenticity of this temperament has been hotly debated, it sounds great on this recording." -American Record Guide
Uninhibited virtuosity... This is playing of real stature. Richard Egarr is the doyen of English harpsichordists
Classic FM Magazine
To hear these miraculous preludes and fugues played with absolute clarity and rhythmic flexibility by Egarr is a special treat... one of the finest recordings of this work now available.
BBC Music Magazine
I doubt if readers will find much to take issue with in this thoughtful and serious approach.
"HOW do you like your "Well-tempered Klavier"? These are, of course, the famous 48 preludes and fugues of Bach which take the keyboard player systematically through the complete chromatic sequence of keys - twice. And recording artists over the years have presented it to us in varying styles and forms, at its most eccentric in the curt idiosyncratic non-pedalled pianism of Glenn Gould. In this new release of Book 1, Richard Egarr delivers Bach's seminal collection on the instrument we most expect these days, the harpsichord. There is nothing pretentious in his playing, just an obvious love for the music, and a flexible stylistic approach that avoids the clinical dogma of academic purism, delivering instead performances that mix well-articulated clarity with a pliant musicality. The catalogue can stand this worthwhile addition.
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
- Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
- Running Time: 117 min. 2 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Written: 1722