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Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 & 2 / Christine Schornsheim, Harpsichord [4 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
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Notes & Reviews:

Schornsheim is a most eminent specialist of historic keyboard instruments. She finished recordings of Bach's Wohltemperirtes Clavier on the Ruckers-Harpsichord at the Musee Unterlinden in Colmar this year. Only a few specimens by the celebrated harpsichord maker from 17th century Antwerp have survived and are still fully functional today. "It is the most beautiful instrument I know... with a bright responsiveness; it has everything that is essential for Bach's polyphonic music" (Schornsheim).

ClassicsToday.com
the present release is splendidly engineered... Schornsheim's performances address issues of style and ornamentation without yielding to the agogic arrhythmia that certain historically informed interpreters - or their overly literal, sewing machine-like antipodes - dote upon... Well-Tempered Clavier cycles will find much to admire here.

Fanfare
In the international arena of Bach performance, I predict that this release will enjoy immediate and widespread favor.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
Reticence is not a criticism you could level against Schornsheim, whose playing is full of character and immediacy...there's a palpable sense of a player in love with the capabilities of the instrument itself...She manages to personalise such well-known numbers as the opening Prelude of Book 1 in a way that is entirely natural-sounding.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Colmar, Musée Unterlinden (2010-05-25_2010-05-29&2011-).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Colmar, Musée Unterlinden (05/25/2010-05/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 101 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Colmar, Musée Unterlinden (04/17/2011-04/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 133 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740