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J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier / Zhu Xiao-Mei, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 6 in D minor (WTC I/6), BWV 851 (BC L85)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 7 in E flat major (WTC I/7), BWV 852 (BC L86)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 854 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 10 in E minor (WTC I/10), BWV 855 (BC L89)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 11 in F major (WTC I/11), BWV 856 (BC L90)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 13 in F sharp major (WTC I/13), BWV 858 (BC L92)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 14 in F sharp minor (WTC I/14), BWV 859 (BC L93)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 15 in G major (WTC I/15), BWV 860 (BC L94)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 16 in G minor (WTC I/16), BWV 861 (BC L95)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in A flat major, BWV 862 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 18 in G sharp minor (WTC I/18), BWV 863 (BC L97)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 19 in A major (WTC I/19), BWV 864 (BC L98)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 20 in A minor (WTC I/20), BWV 865 (BC L99)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 23 in B major (WTC I/23), BWV 868 (BC L102)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 24 in B minor (WTC I/24), BWV 869 (BC L103)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 2 in C minor (WTC II/2), BWV 871 (BC L105)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 3 in C sharp major (WTC II/3), BWV 872 (BC L106)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 4 in C sharp minor (WTC II/4), BWV 873 (BC 107)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 5 in D major (WTC II/5), BWV 874 (BC L108)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 7 in E flat major (WTC II/7), BWV 876 (BC L110)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 8 in E flat minor (WTC II/8), BWV 877 (BC L111)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 10 in E minor (WTC II/10), BWV 879 (BC L113)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 11 in F major (WTC II/11), BWV 880 (BC L114)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 13 in F sharp major (WTC II/13), BWV 882 (BC L116)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 14 in F sharp minor (WTC II/14), BWV 883 (BC L117)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 16 in G minor (WTC II/16), BWV 885 (BC L119)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 17 in A flat major (WTC II/17), BWV 886 (BC L120)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 18 in G sharp minor (WTC II/18), BWV 887 (BC L121)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 888 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 20 in A minor (WTC II/20), BWV 889 (BC L123)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, BWV 890 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 22 in B flat minor (WTC II/22), BWV 891 (BC L125)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 23 in B major (WTC II/23), BWV 892 (BC L126)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The triumphant life story of pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei, who overcame the setback of China's Cultural Revolution and went on to a highly successful career in the west, is now legend. André Leblanc's novel for children The Red Piano is based on her story. Xiao-Mei's catalog of acclaimed recordings for Mirare now includes this specially-priced reissue featuring the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach. Today, Xiao-Mei shares her time between her teaching activities at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris and her many concerts in France and abroad.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
I remember reviewing Book II when it was released in 2007. Because I was so touched by Xiao-Mei's story of obtaining a score of the WTC I in secret during the Cultural Revolution and copying it out by hand. Listening again, I find the sound a little muffled. The playing is lively and full of affection.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: la Ferme de Villefavard (04/2007); Temple Notre Dame du Bon Secours à Paris (04/2007); la Ferme de Villefavard (04/2009/05/2009); Temple Notre Dame du Bon Secours à Paris (04/2009/05/2009).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 6 in D minor (WTC I/6), BWV 851 (BC L85)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 7 in E flat major (WTC I/7), BWV 852 (BC L86)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 854 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 10 in E minor (WTC I/10), BWV 855 (BC L89)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 11 in F major (WTC I/11), BWV 856 (BC L90)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 13 in F sharp major (WTC I/13), BWV 858 (BC L92)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 14 in F sharp minor (WTC I/14), BWV 859 (BC L93)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 15 in G major (WTC I/15), BWV 860 (BC L94)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 16 in G minor (WTC I/16), BWV 861 (BC L95)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in A flat major, BWV 862 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 18 in G sharp minor (WTC I/18), BWV 863 (BC L97)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 19 in A major (WTC I/19), BWV 864 (BC L98)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 20 in A minor (WTC I/20), BWV 865 (BC L99)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 23 in B major (WTC I/23), BWV 868 (BC L102)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 24 in B minor (WTC I/24), BWV 869 (BC L103)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 2 in C minor (WTC II/2), BWV 871 (BC L105)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 3 in C sharp major (WTC II/3), BWV 872 (BC L106)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 4 in C sharp minor (WTC II/4), BWV 873 (BC 107)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 5 in D major (WTC II/5), BWV 874 (BC L108)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 7 in E flat major (WTC II/7), BWV 876 (BC L110)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 8 in E flat minor (WTC II/8), BWV 877 (BC L111)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 10 in E minor (WTC II/10), BWV 879 (BC L113)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 11 in F major (WTC II/11), BWV 880 (BC L114)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 13 in F sharp major (WTC II/13), BWV 882 (BC L116)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 14 in F sharp minor (WTC II/14), BWV 883 (BC L117)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 16 in G minor (WTC II/16), BWV 885 (BC L119)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 17 in A flat major (WTC II/17), BWV 886 (BC L120)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 18 in G sharp minor (WTC II/18), BWV 887 (BC L121)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 888 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 20 in A minor (WTC II/20), BWV 889 (BC L123)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, BWV 890 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 22 in B flat minor (WTC II/22), BWV 891 (BC L125)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 23 in B major (WTC II/23), BWV 892 (BC L126)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740