J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Daniel Chorzempa
Individual Works:48 Preludes and Fugues
BWV 846-893
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:446 690-2
Year Released/Recorded:1982/1994
Total Playing Time:4h 35' 6"
Comments:Krzysztof Lorentz said:

Very interesting exposition of different historic instruments: 2 clavichords, 3 harpsichords, a cabinet organ and a fortepiano gives impression of privacy. Warm, delicate sounds and interpretation remember us that this music was not composed for concert halls.

Fang-Lin Hou said:

One of the first recordings of "the 48" to change between harpsichord, clavichord, chamber organ and fortepiano (book II only), and for this listener it beautifully illustrates the many-faceted character of these pieces. Chorzempa's playing here is totally adequate, if a bit too mild (I imagine) for some tastes. This is, however, certainly stuff that bears repeated listening.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Krzysztof Lorentz
  • Fang-Lin Hou
Date First Submitted:06/04/1998