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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I / Thomas Gunther, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Praludium C-Dur, BWV 846a (aus dem Clavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Praludium c-Moll, BWV 847 (aus dem Clavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Praludium d-Moll, BWV 851 (aus dem Clavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Praludium D-Dur, BWV 850 (aus dem Clavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Praludium e-Moll, BWV 855a (aus dem Clavierbuchlein fur Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This SACD edition, played by Thomas Gu¨nther on a Steinway D concert grand, equally impresses by its high degree of inspiration, brilliance and sensuality, without leaving the polyphonic transparency aside.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Günter is a fine pianist whose name I know because he premiered Cage's One; his repertory of 20th Century works is extensive, and he's also been involved with Schubert's music. He's been playing Bach's WTC since the 1980s and has given many workshops on it in German cities. He plays a Steinway D, beautifully recorded in a warm acoustic in a large hall with the mikes placed a few feet away from the instrument so as to emphasize the bloom of the piano's tone. The interpretation is straightforward. The tempo choices from one pair of pieces to the next are convincing and make a strong case for listening to the recording in one sitting. His playing is wonderfully spontaneous.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Neue Aula der Folkwang Hochschule, Essen, Germany.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Thomas Gunther (Piano)
  • Running Time: 109 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Präludium C-Dur, BWV 846a (aus dem Clavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
  • Performer: Thomas Gunther (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Präludium c-Moll, BWV 847 (aus dem Clavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
  • Performer: Thomas Gunther (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Präludium d-Moll, BWV 851 (aus dem Clavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
  • Performer: Thomas Gunther (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Präludium D-Dur, BWV 850 (aus dem Clavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
  • Performer: Thomas Gunther (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Präludium e-Moll, BWV 855a (aus dem Clavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach)
  • Performer: Thomas Gunther (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720