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5.0 out of 5 stars Very different in compositional charater - GREAT playing
WTC book II is a very different set of pieces than the first book. The pieces are less compositionally tied together and are actually more interesting individual compositions, I think. But the WHOLE of the book is somewhat less than WTC I.
But who wants to hear all of the preludes and fugues in a sequence anyway? They were certainly never written to be performed...
Published on July 9 2002 by Craig Matteson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Schiff is good, but wimpy
Listen to Glenn Gould's WTC II first. Schiff does an excellent contrapunctal work, but drags a little bit on tempi and does not have the same level of hypnotic effects as Gould achieves.
Published on April 16 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Very different in compositional charater - GREAT playing, July 9 2002
This review is from: The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 (Audio CD)
WTC book II is a very different set of pieces than the first book. The pieces are less compositionally tied together and are actually more interesting individual compositions, I think. But the WHOLE of the book is somewhat less than WTC I.
But who wants to hear all of the preludes and fugues in a sequence anyway? They were certainly never written to be performed that way. But they are a joy to listen to and an even greater joy to play.
This recording is more than very excellent. Schiff's playing is thoughtful, wonderfully voiced, sonorous, and emotionally correct. He never indulges in idiosyncracies to pretend to individuality. Instead, he reaches into the well of his deep musicality and gathers all the resources he needs to make these performances his own without having to resort to musical body piercings or tattoos.
You would do very well to have this and the recording of WTC I in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars splendid, March 3 2000
This review is from: The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 (Audio CD)
I've never heard such delicate and beautiful playing of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier such as this. Schiff coaxes the most incredibly sweet sounds out of his piano and gives these works a new dimension. Some of the tempi in the fugues are slower than those of Gould's survey, as indicated by the reviewer below, but his phrasing is so flowing and smooth that it becomes more hypnotic and the listener becomes entranced by it. Add to the fact that the sound is remarkably full with just the right amount of resonance without compromising clarity (compared to Gould's discs which offer impressive crispness but is rather dry in tone) this set is satisfying in every way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Music From Heaven, June 5 2000
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Örn Leifsson (Reykjavik Iceland.) - See all my reviews
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I have already reviewed Andras Schiff recording of Johann Sebastian Bachs The Well Tempered Clavier Book one and would just like to add that book two of the WTC is the same masterpiece as book one and this recording by Schiff is just as excellent as the recording he did of WTC book one, I can't recomend this highly enough, both the music and the recordings are Blissfull Masterpieces. This is THE music to take with you to the desert island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even More Excellent Schiff, April 18 2004
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R. Albin (Ann Arbor, Michigan United States) - See all my reviews
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This is a really lovely recording. Schiff is a superb technical pianist who presents Bach cleanly. Some have (including me) have commented on Schiff's somewhat romantic tendencies in other Bach recordings. While I think this is true of his Chopinesque playing of the Goldberg variations, I think this set of recordings is very faithful to Bach.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Schiff is good, but wimpy, April 16 1999
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This review is from: The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 (Audio CD)
Listen to Glenn Gould's WTC II first. Schiff does an excellent contrapunctal work, but drags a little bit on tempi and does not have the same level of hypnotic effects as Gould achieves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach is God, Oct. 27 2001
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J. A. Urquidi (Bolivia) - See all my reviews
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You have not heard his voice until to have heard Andras Schiff play the Well Tempered Clavier
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