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Bach: Well-tempered Clavier / Edwin Fischer

Bach / Fischer
Release Date: 04/01/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 91951  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Edwin Fischer
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded for EMI between 1933 and 1936, these Edwin Fischer performances of Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier' set the standard for all subsequent interpretations of this most famous collection of preludes and fugues. Fischer brings to each piece what seems like just the right articulation, phrasing, tempo, and dynamics, such that they all breathe intelligence and humanity. Fischer's achievement is doubly impressive when one considers that he recorded these difficult and texturally exposed works prior to the era of tape editing. But perhaps it was this lack of technology that has lent these performances their immediacy. In the words of Alfred Brendel, "The inner glow of Fischer's incomparably luminous sound is ideally captured by the 1933-36 Read more recordings, the quality of which should make many a modern sound engineer blush." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
2. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Edwin Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.1 in C, BWV846: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.1 in C, BWV846: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.2 in C minor, BWV847: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.2 in C minor, BWV847: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.3 in C sharp, BWV848: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.3 in C sharp, BWV848: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.4 in C sharp minor, BWV849: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.4 in C sharp minor, BWV849: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.5 in D, BWV850: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.5 in D, BWV850: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.6 in D minor, BWV851: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.6 in D minor, BWV851: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.7 in E flat, BWV852: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.7 in E flat, BWV852: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.8 in E flat minor, BWV853: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.8 in E flat minor, BWV853: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.9 in E, BWV854: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.9 in E, BWV854: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.10 in E minor, BWV855: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.10 in E minor, BWV855: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.11 in F, BWV856: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.11 in F, BWV856: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.12 in F minor, BWV857: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.12 in F minor, BWV857: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.13 in F sharp, BWV858: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.13 in F sharp, BWV858: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.14 in F sharp minor, BWV859: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.14 in F sharp minor, BWV859: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.15 in G, BWV860: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.15 in G, BWV860: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.16 in G minor, BWV861: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.16 in G minor, BWV861: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.17 in A flat, BWV862: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.17 in A flat, BWV862: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.18 in G sharp minor, BWV863: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.18 in G sharp minor, BWV863: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.19 in A, BWV864: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.19 in A, BWV864: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.20 in A minor, BWV865: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.20 in A minor, BWV865: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.21 in B flat, BWV866: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.21 in B flat, BWV866: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.22 in B flat minor, BWV867: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.22 in B flat minor, BWV867: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.23 in B, BWV868: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.23 in B, BWV868: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.24 in B minor, BWV869: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book I] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book I BWV 846-69, No.24 in B minor, BWV869: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.1 in C major, BWV 870: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.1 in C major, BWV 870: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.2 in C minor, BWV 871: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.2 in C minor, BWV 871: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.3 in C sharp major, BWV 872: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.3 in C sharp major, BWV 872: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.4 in C sharp minor, BWV 873: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.4 in C sharp minor, BWV 873: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.5 in D major, BWV 874: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.5 in D major, BWV 874: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.6 in D minor, BWV 875: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.6 in D minor, BWV 875: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.7 in E flat major, BWV 876: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.7 in E flat major, BWV 876: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.8 in E flat minor, BWV 877: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.8 in E flat minor, BWV 877: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.9 in E major, BWV 878: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.9 in E major, BWV 878: Fugue
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.10 in E minor, BWV 879: Prelude
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [Book II] (2007 Digital Remaster), Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), Book II BWV 870-93, No.10 in E minor, BWV 879: Fugue

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