Bach, J.S. : Well-Tempered Clavier Box set, Import, Complete
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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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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.
This is a textbook, or a bible, in any classical piano fan's collection.
Remember though, there is more to the WTC than Richter's interpretation. I began to fully appreciate the pieces when I had listened to the Gould and Perahia-sets as well. And the definitive recording? There is no. And there will not be.
If you are looking for a recording that will repay the deepest listening and the deepest concentration on your part, look no further, this is it.
The sound quality is '4 stars', but the musicality is outstanding: on tempos, rubbatos, melodic lines, colors and fit's Richter's recording among other archangels' of this masterwork, as Fischer's, Tureck's, Gould's and Demus's.
Most recent customer reviews
Richter égal à lui-même. Superbe. Avec celui de Glenn Gould, c'est mon enregistrement préféré du clavier bien tempéré de BachPublished on Nov. 8 2013 by Richard Thivierge
When I got to Richter's version, I was delirious with joy. Highly intelligent and absolutely outstanding recording. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by mikey313
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by hjonkers
I have just finished listening to the first disc of this four disc set. This CD included the preludes of fugues numbers 1-14. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Pupil
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