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J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Klavier / John Butt, harpsichord [4 CDs]

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  1. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 853 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 $0.99 on iTunes
  33. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862 $0.99 on iTunes
  34. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 $0.99 on iTunes
  39. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865 $0.99 on iTunes
  40. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865 $0.99 on iTunes
  41. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866 $0.99 on iTunes
  42. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866 $0.99 on iTunes
  43. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 $0.99 on iTunes
  44. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 $0.99 on iTunes
  45. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868 $0.99 on iTunes
  46. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868 $0.99 on iTunes
  47. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 $0.99 on iTunes
  48. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 $0.99 on iTunes
  49. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 $0.99 on iTunes
  50. J.S. Bach — The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Well-Tempered Clavier (48), collection of preludes & fugues in 2 Books, BWV 846-893 (BC L80-127)
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Notes & Reviews:

Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt performs J.S. Bach’s famous ‘Das wohltemperierte Klavier’ for his debut solo recording on Linn. Perhaps best known as director of Dunedin Consort, John Butt has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for ‘Handel: Messiah’ and the 2014 ‘Choral’ Award for ‘Mozart: Requiem’. Dunedin’s first instrumental release, ‘Six Brandenburg Concertos’, saw Butt’s harpsichord solos singled out for their virtuosity and technical skill. John Butt’s performance of ‘Das wohltemperierte Klavier’ benefits from the highly insightful historical knowledge that has shaped his hugely successful work with Dunedin Consort. The recording explores two aspects of Bach’s collection: firstly Butt bases his performance on recent editions so he can present the latest possible stage of Bach’s thoughts for each book; secondly Butt takes a unique approach to tempo and tempo relationships, which he explains fully in his comprehensive booklet note. The Well-Tempered Clavier is a seminal work whose influence on composition and performance, as well as keyboard technique, is far-reaching. John Butt has previously recorded eleven solo recordings, released on Harmonia Mundi, and performed in Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Holland. In January 2011 he became the fifth recipient of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation’s Bach Prize, for his work in the performance and scholarship of Bach. In 2013 John Butt was awarded the medal of the Royal College of Organists and the OBE for his services to music in Scotland. 2013 also saw John Butt enjoy great success with two critically acclaimed Bach releases: ‘John Passion’ was named a ‘Critics’ Choice’ by BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’ and twice by Gramophone as well as being named ‘Recording of the Month’ by three separate publications, whilst ‘Six Brandenburg Concertos’ was named Gramophone ‘Choice’ and awarded five stars by both BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian.

The Guardian, 27th November 2014
It's an instrument with a big, muscular sound...Certainly there are plenty of surprises along the way, especially in Butt's treatment of the preludes, some of which seem gruff, almost peremptory, and in the rhythmic liberties he takes. The contrapuntal writing isn't always as clear as it might be either, and the assertiveness always outweighs the charm.

The Times, 13th December 2014
Butt has the scholarly credentials to rethink how the 48 preludes and fugues of Bach's "Well-tempered Clavier" collection should be performed, and the nimble fingers to translate his theories into impeccable clear readings on the harpsichord. In particular, he argues convincingly for tempo relationships between succeeding movements and, overall, to the human pulse.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Martin's, East Woodhay, Hampshire, UK (07/15/2013-07/18/2013).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Well-Tempered Clavier (48), collection of preludes & fugues in 2 Books, BWV 846-893 (BC L80-127)
  • Performer: John Butt (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Martin's, East Woodhay, Hampshire, UK (07/15/2013-07/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 193 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722-1740