J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Tatiana Nikolayeva
Individual Works:24 preludes and Fugues BWV 846 - BWV 869
24 preludes and Fugues BWV 870 - BWV 893
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Olympia
Catalog Number:MK 418042 A+B
Year Released/Recorded:1984
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 62'43
cd 2: 67'21
Comments:Personal, romantic, humanistic approach from the old school. Superb tonal color and wide range of expression which brings out the most
of the emotional aspects of the 48. Use of pedal seems a bit excessive. If the 48 defines the scope of human expression, then this epic recording is definitely the encyclopedia of the human psyche. This is by far the most intimate interpretation of all the 48 I have heard. A humanistic approach from the old school, not for the purist!

Jan Hanford said:

Exquisitely delicate, nuanced and gentle. I prefer the sound of this recording, close with no reverb at all, to some other I've heard (even the Schiff). The piano is in the room with you and her astonishing performance is an intimate experience. I did not find the use of the pedal excessive, it seems to me she uses very little pedal. Her playing is remarkably similar to Andras Schiff. I played this cd at a party and many people asked who the performer was and agreed she is extraordinary. Very highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Yinsze Lam
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:07/04/1997