J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Der Wohltemperierte Synthesizer

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl-Heinz Kuhl
Individual Works:24 Preludes and Fugues, BWV 846-869
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Intercord
Catalog Number:INT 8853856
Year Released/Recorded:1990
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 57:07
disc 2: 57:08
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

This is the first synthesized Bach since Wendy Carlos' early recordings that comes close to her musicality and pure listenability.

This recording is beautiful. Karl-Heinz Kuhl's choice of sounds is very similar to Switched-On Bach; a bit more restrained and lacking in Carlos' level of nuance. But the result is highly musical. Unlike other classical synthesists in the 90's, he does not clutter up his performance with cheesy drum machines and silly sampled sounds. This is just Bach, just the music. The simplicity of his arrangments is what makes this recording so delightful, you can clearly hear each melody line in the counterpoint. This is also the most performed synthesized Bach I've ever heard. The rhythms are fluid and do not sound robotic, an impressive achievement. His tempos are also extraordinarily intelligent. His Prelude No. 2 in C-sharp minor is actually quite slow, revealing melody not heard in the frantic fast versions that are so common and so unappealing.

For fans of Wendy Carlos' early Bach recordings this cd is a must. Sadly, it is impossible to find. I bought mine on eBay.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/02/2004