Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I

 
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J. S. BACH
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I
Keith Jarrett (piano)

[ ECM New Series / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 14 June 2019

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"These are performances in which tempos, phrasing, articulation and the execution of ornaments are convincing," wrote Gramophone of Jarrett's first recorded account of The Well-Tempered Clavier. "Both instrument and performer serve as unobtrusive media through which the music emerges without enhancement." In this live recording from Troy, New York, made in March 1987, just one month after his studio recording of the work, Keith Jarrett addresses the challenges of Bach's great set of preludes and fugues once more. Part of the goal is transparency, to bring the listener closer to the composer. As Jarrett explained at the time: "The very direction of the lines, the moving lines of notes, are inherently expressive…When I play Bach, I hear almost the process of thought. Any colouration has nothing to do with this process."

Tracks:

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOK I

CD1
1 Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 02:03
2 Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 01:49
3 Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 01:53
4 Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 01:32
5 Prelude No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848 01:17
6 Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848 02:08
7 Prelude No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849 02:19
8 Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849 04:03
9 Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850 01:12
10 Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850 01:33
11 Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851 01:43
12 Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851 01:58
13 Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852 04:02
14 Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852 01:38
15 Prelude No. 8 in E-Flat/D-Sharp Minor, BWV 853 03:37
16 Fugue No. 8 in E-Flat/D-Sharp Minor, BWV 853 04:38
17 Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 01:21
18 Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 01:08
19 Prelude No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855 01:40
20 Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855 01:00
21 Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856 00:54
22 Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856 01:22
23 Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857 01:47
24 Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857 03:55

CD 2
1 Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858 01:27
2 Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858 01:35
3 Prelude No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859 00:51
4 Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859 02:45
5 Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 00:48
6 Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 02:42
7 Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 01:37
8 Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 01:52
9 Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862 01:10
10 Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862 02:22
11 Prelude No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863 01:09
12 Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863 02:24
13 Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 01:03
14 Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 01:55
15 Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865 01:05
16 Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865 04:20
17 Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866 01:18
18 Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866 01:24
19 Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 02:47
20 Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 03:45
21 Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868 00:54
22 Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868 01:52
23 Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 05:16
24 Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 07:07