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Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier Book II / Richter

Bach,J.s. / Richter
Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1002030   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial 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 Read more 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.” Read less

Works on This Recording

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973 

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