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Bach, J.S. : Well-Tempered Clavier [Box set, Complete, Import]

Sviatoslav Richter Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Prelude & Fugue I BWV 846 In C Major
2. Prelude & Fugue II BWV 847 In C Minor
3. Prelude & Fugue III BWV 848 In C Sharp Major
4. Prelude & Fugue IV BWV 849 In C Sharp Minor
5. Prelude & Fugue V BWV 850 In D Major
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Disc: 2
1. Prelude & Fugue XV BWV 860 In G Major
2. Prelude & Fugue XVI BWV 861 In G Minor
3. Prelude & Fugue XVII BWV 862 In A Flat Major
4. Prelude & Fugue XVIII In G Sharp Minor
5. Prelude & Fugue XIX BWV In A Major
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Disc: 3
1. Prelude & Fugue I BWV 870 In C Major
2. Prelude & Fugue II BWV 871 In C Minor
3. Prelude & Fugue III BWV 872 In C Sharp Major
4. Prelude & Fugue IV BWV 873 In C Sharp Minor
5. Prelude & Fugue V BWV 874 In D Major
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Disc: 4
1. Prelude & Fugue XIV BWV 883 In F Sharp Minor
2. Prelude & Fugue XV In G Minor
3. Prelude & Fugue XVI BWV 885 In G Minor
4. Prelude & Fugue XVII BWV 886 In A Flat Major
5. Prelude & Fugue XVIII BWV 887 In G Sharp Minor
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The late Russian virtuoso's 1970's interpretations of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier are among the most revered recordings of the work. The four discs of this CD set collect the entire work in one package. Richter's passionate, thoughtful treatment is an absolutely breathtaking experience and essential for any lover of great music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Tempered Richter May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
What utterly hypnotic performances these are! Richter creates a different atmosphere for each prelude and fugue throughout this set. Was there ever a more "complete" pianist than Richter? He really had it all: astonishingly virtuoso technique, sensitive musicianship, and expressive poetry seemingly without limit.
I have had various WTC sets over the years: Martins, Fischer, Ruzickova (harpsichord), Tureck, Gould, and now Richter. If I could have just two, it would be Gould and Richter. Gould can be exasperating one moment and illuminating the next; his ear for polyphony was second to none, but unfortunately his constant vocalizing can get to be irritating. Richter, by contrast, is remarkably consistent: there are no real weak spots.
It is Richter's set that I would recommend to newcomers. Gould's Bach is more for those who are already familiar with the music, and who are willing to tolerate the occasional misfire and all the extraneous noises. I have heard only parts of the WTC recorded by Russian pianist Samuel Feinberg - it offers a relaxed and intimate perspective that is somewhere between Gould's and Richter's. So, if I can run down a copy of that elusive set, Feinberg will make three. But if my "desert island" turns out to be just a small sandbar, it is the Richter that will go there with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars purified playing reflects elevated personality Aug. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps it takes the highest level comprehension and technique to carry out a pure performance of well-tempered clavier, and so far, no one have done it better than Richter in this recording. It is pure music, pure Bach. Nothing else. Comparing to his recoring for the "Revelation" label, it is more spiritually free and relaxed, probably helped by better recording and excellent sounding piano.
This is a textbook, or a bible, in any classical piano fan's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars true beauty April 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I got to Richter's version, I was delirious with joy. Highly intelligent and absolutely outstanding recording. Completely loyal to the work, disciplined, technically on the highest level, no perfectionism, no steering, very musical and passionate without dispensable sentimentality. He always has a comprehensive concept; full of verve but never exaggerated, meditative but not swank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity is divine March 6 2004
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Format:Audio CD
What these performances show us is that when Bach is played by a master musician, adding almost nothing of himself to the music except the highest taste, technique, and ability to deliniate the lines without utmost clarity, the music that results is spiritually moving in a way that far surpasses the results achieved by a performer who TRIES to be moving by adding his or her own emotions to the performance. Bravo Richter... he never sounded better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Nov. 8 2013
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Richter égal à lui-même. Superbe. Avec celui de Glenn Gould, c'est mon enregistrement préféré du clavier bien tempéré de Bach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine music Nov. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
My first recording of the WTC was by Glenn Gould, on LP. I didn't like the music at all. It sounded so dry and heartless, so boring that I didn't expect anything better from Richter. And after all: Richter a Bach specialist? I never heard him play Bach. How wrong I was. This set is wonderful. Even divine! This is the kind of music the Olympian Gods would be listening to. It is so great that I have difficulties to describe it. Richter recorded it inside a castle, whose acoustics are perfectly suited to this music. The sound is extremely rich, and even a bit nostalgic. A sample of the C major prelude should be enough to convince you. Pianists like Schiff, Tureck, Gould etc. etc. shrink in comparison to this superb interpretation. You can't miss this one!
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