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BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book II (Landowska) (1951-1954)

BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book II (Landowska) (1951-1954)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2006

Artists:

Wanda Landowska

Soloist

Venue:

Lakeville, Connecticut


Lotos Club, New York City



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 192:05
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BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book II (Landowska) (1951-1954)

     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

     


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The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893

 
1 Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 870 3:30
2 Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 870 1:53
3 Prelude No. 2 in C minor, BWV 871 2:22
4 Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 871 3:57
5 Prelude No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 872 3:10
6 Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 872 2:14
7 Prelude No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 873 4:23
8 Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 873 3:15
9 Prelude No. 5 in D major, BWV 874 3:48
10 Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 874 5:07
11 Prelude No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875 1:20
12 Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875 2:42
13 Prelude No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 876 3:05
14 Fugue No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 876 1:54
15 Prelude No. 8 in D sharp minor, BWV 877 5:08
16 Fugue No. 8 in D sharp minor, BWV 877 5:57
17 Prelude No. 9 in E major, BWV 878 3:54
18 Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV 878 3:19
     
     


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1 Prelude No. 10 in E minor, BWV 879 4:36
2 Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 879 3:44
3 Prelude No. 11 in F major, BWV 880 5:57
4 Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV 880 2:09
5 Prelude No. 12 in F minor, BWV 881 5:35
6 Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 881 2:35
7 Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 882 3:48
8 Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 882 2:41
9 Prelude No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 3:46
10 Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 8:46
11 Prelude No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 3:55
12 Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 1:30
13 Prelude No. 16 in G minor, BWV 885 3:38
14 Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 885 4:11
15 Prelude No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 886 4:57
16 Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 886 4:51
     
     


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1 Prelude No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 887 5:41
2 Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 887 5:18
3 Prelude No. 19 in A major, BWV 888 2:02
4 Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV 888 1:48
5 Prelude No. 20 in A minor, BWV 889 3:28
6 Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV 889 2:08
7 Prelude No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 890 5:03
8 Fugue No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 890 3:35
9 Prelude No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 5:17
10 Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 5:30
11 Prelude No. 23 in B major, BWV 892 2:50
12 Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV 892 3:31
13 Prelude No. 24 in B minor, BWV 893 3:22
14 Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 893 2:07
     
 

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, BWV 998

 
15 Prelude 3:05
16 Fugue 6:59
17 Allegro 2:44
     
 Wanda Landowska Soloist


Wanda Landowska, who continued to perform and record up to her death in 1959, was renowned as the greatest harpsichordist of the first half of the twentieth century. Book II of her recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was made between 1951 and 1954 at her home in Lakeville Connecticut. As with all of Landowska’s recordings, what strikes the listener most is her vitality, her musical integrity, and her total commitment to the music she is playing. Landowska brings a unique mood, style and character to the great Prelude and Fugue in E major which she described as ‘one of the most perfect works of music.’ Her heartfelt interpretation of the Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor can be best summed up in her own words: ‘When Bach writes of sorrow, it never crushes us. Perhaps because there is no trace of bitterness. This music, even if it describes rebellion or anguish, fortifies us.’ 

 "...Mark Obert-Thoro’s transfers are fully up to the mark (forgive the pun), just as they are for Book 2 of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier played by Wanda Landowska, recorded by Victor at her horne between 1951 and 1954, grand, flamboyant performances that in this edition sound warmer, more consistent (pitch-wise) and more palatable than ever before. Naxos usefully completes the package with an earlier recording of the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV998..."

 
Gramophone magazine - March 2007



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