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Bach – Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1513-14
Release date2008-11-20
Discs2
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Besides numerous discs with choral and instrumental works with his ensemble Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki is currently recording a complete series of Bach’s works for solo harpsichord. Releases so far include acclaimed interpretations of the Italian Concerto, the French Suites, the Partitas and the Goldberg Variations. The series began in 1997, with Book I of Das Wohltemperiertes Klavier – a release which was recommended by Spanish magazine CD Compact, as well as receiving three stars in the Penguin Guide. Reviewers were enthusiastic, for instance in Gramophone (‘a Bach player of distinction… He has great vitality and constantly conveys a strongly rhythmic sense of momentum – a thoroughly rewarding set’) and in American Record Guide (‘I devoured this recording when it arrived, and I was left with the feeling I'd made a new friend... a set that will hold pride of place over many others’). Suzuki now picks up the thread with Bach’s second set of 24 preludes and fugues, a key-work in Western music and a cornerstone in the repertoire for both piano and harpsichord. Like its predecessor, Book 2 traverses all the keys of the harmonic system, exploring each tonality during the span of one prelude and one fugue. In his informed liner notes, Bach specialist Professor Yo Tomita discusses various aspects of the collection. These include the interesting connections between individual movements and other works by Bach, such as the similarities between the prelude in B flat minor and the recitative from the St Matthew Passion containing Jesus’ cry ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me’. But as the liner notes point out, the movements in the Well-Tempered Clavier II are ‘not copies; rather they take the form of treasured ideas reworked as new and unique keyboard compositions’, by a master who in his late fifties had had more, and greater, ideas than most composers.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge C-Dur, BWV870 04:36
01 Praeludium I 02:46 $ 0.58 USD
02 Fuge I a 3 voci 01:50 $ 0.39 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge c-moll, BWV871 05:12
03 Praeludium II 03:24 $ 0.71 USD
04 Fuge II a 4 voci 01:48 $ 0.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge Cis-Dur, BWV872 04:00
05 Praeludium III 02:01 $ 0.42 USD
06 Fuge III a 3 voci 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge cis-moll, BWV873 06:42
07 Praeludium IV 04:08 $ 0.87 USD
08 Fuge IV a 3 voci 02:34 $ 0.54 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge D-Dur, BWV874 07:35
09 Praeludium V 05:16 $ 1.11 USD
10 Fuge V a 4 voci 02:19 $ 0.49 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge d-moll, BWV875 03:27
11 Praeludium VI 01:34 $ 0.33 USD
12 Fuge VI a 3 voci 01:53 $ 0.40 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge Es-Dur, BWV876 05:40
13 Praeludium VII 03:27 $ 0.72 USD
14 Fuge VII a 4 voci 02:13 $ 0.47 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge es-moll, BWV877 07:04
15 Praeludium VIII 03:52 $ 0.81 USD
16 Fuge VIII a 4 voci 03:12 $ 0.67 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge E-Dur, BWV878 09:18
17 Praeludium IX 06:17 $ 1.32 USD
18 Fuge IX a 4 voci 03:01 $ 0.63 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge e-moll, BWV879 06:41
19 Praeludium X 03:43 $ 0.78 USD
20 Fuge X a 3 voci 02:58 $ 0.62 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge F-Dur, BWV880 05:47
21 Praeludium XI 04:04 $ 0.85 USD
22 Fuge XI a 3 voci 01:43 $ 0.36 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge f-moll, BWV881 07:34
23 Praeludium XII 05:08 $ 1.08 USD
24 Fuge XII a 3 voci 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge Fis-Dur, BWV882 06:03
25 Praeludium XIII 03:02 $ 0.64 USD
26 Fuge XIII a 3 voci 03:01 $ 0.63 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge fis-moll, BWV883 08:12
01 Praeludium XIV 03:12 $ 0.67 USD
02 Fuge XIV a 3 voci 05:00 $ 1.05 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge G-Dur, BWV884 03:30
03 Praeludium XV 02:21 $ 0.49 USD
04 Fuge XV a 3 voci 01:09 $ 0.24 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge g-moll, BWV885 06:06
05 Praeludium XVI 02:58 $ 0.62 USD
06 Fuge XVI a 4 voci 03:08 $ 0.66 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge As-Dur, BWV886 06:52
07 Praeludium XVII 04:20 $ 0.91 USD
08 Fuge XVII a 4 voci 02:32 $ 0.53 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge as-moll, BWV887 09:25
09 Praeludium XVIII 04:23 $ 0.92 USD
10 Fuge XVIII a 3 voci 05:02 $ 1.06 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge A-Dur, BWV888 03:42
11 Praeludium XIX 02:15 $ 0.47 USD
12 Fuge XIX a 3 voci 01:27 $ 0.30 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge a-moll, BWV889 07:54
13 Praeludium XX 06:00 $ 1.26 USD
14 Fuge XX a 3 voci 01:54 $ 0.40 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge B-Dur, BWV890 12:44
15 Praeludium XXI 09:54 $ 2.08 USD
16 Fuge XXI a 3 voci 02:50 $ 0.60 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge b-moll, BWV891 08:23
17 Praeludium XXII 03:11 $ 0.67 USD
18 Fuge XXII a 4 voci 05:12 $ 1.09 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge H-Dur, BWV892 05:34
19 Praeludium XXIII 01:45 $ 0.37 USD
20 Fuge XXIII a 4 voci 03:49 $ 0.80 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Praeludium und Fuge h-moll, BWV893 04:15
21 Praeludium XXIV 02:20 $ 0.49 USD
22 Fuge XXIV a 3 voci 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Album total 02:36:16
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masaaki

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