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Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, book 1 / Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 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)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pierre-Laurent Aimard again conquers the iconic keyboard repertoire by Johann Sebastian Bach after his hugely successful The Art of Fugue recording 2008.

This double CD includes the entire The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1.

The Times, 15th August 2014
Aimard has clearly thought deeply about the collection's kaleidoscopic structure, but parts of its kaleidoscope suit him better than others. Playing of dancing glee or delicate sentiment continually rubs against patches unduly dry and detached. The F sharp minor fugue is a mysterious wonder, as if the music were feeling its way in the dark; the G major prelude sparkles with gaiety.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Clarity of texture and of part-playing are the virtues which predominate, plus a cool atmosphere. Whether or not we think of these as characteristically French, they do bring rewards in Bach, of course; and yet the impression Aimard conveys is of Book 1 as a monument, even a scholastic tract.

David Smith, Presto Classical, 18th August 2014
It's an austere, almost self-effacing performance in which Aimard is ensuring that Bach is the real star...I'd venture to suggest that Pierre-Laurent Aimard has found that sweet spot for Bach's keyboard works - he manages to capture on the piano the spirit of a work designed to showcase the harpsichord. If you think you don't like Bach on the piano, I think Aimard may just convert you.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
His Bach is resolutely head-driven - and it's curious. His preeminently ascetic use of the sustaining pedal creates clarity tinged with dryness, yet he's prone to Romantically portentous rallentandos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastraáe (03/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 854 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 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: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722