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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, Richter, piano

Album Summary

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

Johann Sebastian Bach's cycle of preludes and fugues, The Well-Tempered Clavier, holds a very special place in the world of music. It is not just one of the immortal masterpieces of the world music literature; it is literally an encyclopedia of polyphonic art and the desk book of every thinking musician. The work gives plenty of play to every different performer's interpretations; none of the significant musical works have caused as many debates about the way they should be interpreted! In the words of pianist Sviatoslav Richter, "When I set to The Well-Tempered Clavier, I get always consumed with desire not to exclude any sides for the sake of one narrow and dogmatic position ... I am convinced that Bach can be played differently, with different articulation and different dynamics. So long as the whole is preserved, so long as the strict contours of style are not distorted, so long as the performance is convincing enough."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1973.


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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740