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Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Vol. 2

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

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

In Book I (1722) of his Well-Tempered Clavier, J.S. Bach set off on an unprecedented passage through all the tonalities available to him on the keyboard. Using the tuning which research suggests Bach himself advocated, Richard Egarr completes his acclaimed project with this inspired reading of Book II, where Bach (after a decade-long genesis) revisits his ambitious scheme to produce another monumental collection. The Absolute Sound writes, "No one can doubt that Egarr loves and understands Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. His technique and musical instincts can't be faulted."

Gramophone Magazine
The C sharp minor Fugue's rounded-off phrases and breath pauses...convey a convincing, vocally-informed continuity, while sensitive accentuations and an uncommonly brisk basic tempo keep you guessing just where the barlines fall in the G sharp minor Fugue.

BBC Music Magazine
Egarr explores the poetic content of the music with unhurried tempos, generous punctuation and eloquently shaped phrasing...[his] rhythmic elasticity heightens Bach's conversational dimension, welcoming us to the dialogue.

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Recording information: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (03/2007); St. Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/2007); Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (05/2007); St. Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (05/2007).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (03/2007); St. Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (03/2007); Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (05/2007); St. Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (05/2007)
  • Running Time: 152 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740