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Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier Book 2 / Suzuki

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  1. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 1 In C Major, BWV 870 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 1 In C Major, BWV 870 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 871 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 871 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 3 In C Sharp Major, BWV 872 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 3 In C Sharp Major, BWV 872 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 4 In C Sharp Minor, BWV 873 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 4 In C Sharp Minor, BWV 873 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 5 In D Major, BWV 874 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 5 In D Major, BWV 874 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 6 In D Minor, BWV 875 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 6 In D Minor, BWV 875 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 7 In e Flat Major, BWV 876 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 7 In e Flat Major, BWV 876 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 8 In D Sharp Minor, BWV 877 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 8 In D Sharp Minor, BWV 877 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 9 In e Major, BWV 878 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 9 In e Major, BWV 878 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 10 In e Minor, BWV 879 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 10 In e Minor, BWV 879 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 11 In F Major, BWV 880 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 11 In F Major, BWV 880 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 12 In F Minor, BWV 881 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 12 In F Minor, BWV 881 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 13 In F Sharp Major, BWV 882 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 13 In F Sharp Major, BWV 882 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, BWV 883 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 14 In F Sharp Minor, BWV 883 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 15 In G Major, BWV 884 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 15 In G Major, BWV 884 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 16 In G Minor, BWV 885 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 16 In G Minor, BWV 885 $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 17 In a Flat Major, BWV 886 $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 17 In a Flat Major, BWV 886 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 18 In G Sharp Minor, BWV 887 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 18 In G Sharp Minor, BWV 887 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 19 In a Major, BWV 888 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 19 In a Major, BWV 888 $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 20 In a Minor, BWV 889 $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 20 In a Minor, BWV 889 $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 21 In B Flat Major, BWV 890 $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 21 In B Flat Major, BWV 890 $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 22 In B Flat Minor, BWV 891 $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 22 In B Flat Minor, BWV 891 $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 23 In B Major, BWV 892 $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 23 In B Major, BWV 892 $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Prelude No. 24 In B Minor, BWV 893 $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Bach, J.S. — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: 24 Preludes and Fugues: Fugue No. 24 In B Minor, BWV 893 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Suzuki... often a little slower than others, in one case, the B flat prelude, surprisingly so. There's plenty of energy in his playing elsewhere though - the D major prelude is impressive, as is his clean part-playing and rhythmic drive. His articulation and phrasing are intensely moving, not least in the C sharp prelude.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
More than a decade has lapsed between instalments of Masaaki Suzuki's Well-Tempered Clavier.However, Book 2 was worth the wait. It lives up to Book 1's high artistic and sonic standards, and possibly surpasses them.Suzuki's intelligent virtuosity operates on several levels. A vocal sensibility consistently determines how phrases begin, end and follow one another to their ultimate destinations. No matter what the basic tempo may be, breath pauses and agogic adjustments naturally mesh into the flow of Bach's lines, rather than work against them. Textural variety also manifests itself through Masaaki's subtle fingerwork.One also senses that Suzuki seriously pondered when and how to arpeggiate chords for maximum expressive and structural purpose, as the C sharp major, F minor and F sharp minor Preludes revealingly display. Yet the D major and B minor Fugues prove that Suzuki can deliver straightforward, even brash vitality when he choses. As before, Suzuki plays an attractive and vibrantly recorded Willem Kroesbergen harpsichord modelled on a period Ruckers instrument, and Yo Tomita provides fascinating, informative booklet-notes. In all, Suzuki's heartfelt synthesis of scholarship and musicality will provide repeated listening pleasure in one of the finest harpsichord recordings of Book 2 available.

Gramophone Magazine
Suzuki's heartfelt synthesis of scholarship and musicality will provide repeated listening pleasure in one of the finest harpsichord recordings of Book 2 available.

The Guardian
Suzuki is a great Bachian, but his treatment of these pieces seems altogether too awestruck and reflective. It's desperately heavy going at times, with the playing only occasionally sparking into rhythmic life. And the heavy-duty harpsichord he uses, very closely recorded, seems only to emphasise that stodginess.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1742