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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier / Costin

Release Date: 02/17/2017 
Label:  Stone Records   Catalog #: 80697  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Costin
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following on from his critically-acclaimed recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Trio Sonatas for Organ, Robert Costin has recorded both books of The Well-Tempered Clavier. He has chosen to perform these extraordinary works on the organ of Trinity College, Cambridge. The result is a performance of technical brilliance, which listeners will have come to expect from this wonderful musician, and also a chance to hear this instrument in all its glory as it is taken through the 48 preludes and fugues. Costin’s performance exudes breathtaking dexterity and a wonderful variety of color. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear these landmark compositions performed by a virtuoso on an incredible instrument.


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This project has clearly been a labor of love for Robert Costin, and one admires his consistently excellent playing. Any new recording of the '48' for solo organ is to be welcomed, especially with an outstanding instrument. The Trinity Metzler organ is magnificent; combining it with the chapel's warm but clear acoustic provides the ideal venue for this repertoire. Costin's performance can be described as straightforward, with well-chosen tempos and neat articulation, well-suited to the organ.

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Works on This Recording

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

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  Review of a priceless Golden Treasure July 18, 2017 By jean-claude pilet (vineland, NJ) See All My Reviews "To anybody who ever played Le Clavecin Bien Tempere de Jean Sebastien Bach this recording is a must to listen to !!! Bach himself would have been delighted to hear this organ rendition of one of his Immortal pieces of Music !!! Robert Costin made an admirable tribute to an almost divine piece of music ! Hat off !!!" Report Abuse
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