J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Keith Jarrett
Individual Works:Preludes & Fugues I-XXIV
BWV 846 - BWV 869
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:ECM
Catalog Number:835 246-2
Year Released/Recorded:February 1987
Total Playing Time:105'43"
Comments:Todd M. Billeci said:

Jarrett is among the artists most faithful to Bach's fair copy of the Book I. Listening through with the urtext, I couldn't find as much as a stray mordant. There are no extremes of tempo or dynamics, either. Tempi are ebullient, voices are articulated & clear, & the recorded sound is intimate & realistic. A textbook performance, one any piano teacher could recommend enthusiastically. Standout performance: D major Prelude & Fugue, BWV 850.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Todd M. Billeci
Date First Submitted:07/22/1998