J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Well-Tempered Piano (sic)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christiane Jaccottet
Individual Works:Complete 24 Preludes and Fugues
BWV 846 - BWV 893
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Pilz; Vienna Masters Series
Year Released/Recorded:1989
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 51.28
disc 2: 51.57
disc 3: 67.56
disc 4: 68.38
Comments:Finch said:

This is an extremely admirable and satisfying recording that is every bit as good as Kenneth Gilbert's. The complete WTC Books 1 and 2 are available in a 4-CD set at many bargain stores (such as Valu City) for about $6.00, an incredible bargain for the quality of the performance and recorded sound.

Jan Hanford said:

A wonderful interpretation and recording of some of the most complex and beautiful music ever written, at an amazing budget price.

It's recorded very close, which I like. You're literally sitting in front of the harpsichord. The sound is unusual, I don't know if it's the engineering or the harpsichord itself, details of which are not indicated on the cd. The performance is very understated. There aren't the dramatic tempos and shifts of so many other performers (some of which are also wonderful) but somehow that difference makes this performance so appealing. It's like she's playing the score, just playing it: perfectly. The result is very enjoyable. BTW, this set is incredibly inexpensive so it's worth buying for that reason alone. A lovely straight-forward performance with intimacy and simplicity.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • FiInch
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:02/16/1998