Most helpful positive review
Very different in compositional charater - GREAT playing
on July 9, 2002
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.