J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Well-Tempered Clavier

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Sviatoslav Richter
Individual Works:The Well-Tempered Clavier Parts I & II
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:RCA Victor Gold Seal
Catalog Number:GD60949
Year Released/Recorded:1970
Total Playing Time:4:27:47
Comments:Tiago Faial said:

Although the recording is not always the most balanced one, this work is a real treasure. Richter continues to be one of my favourite Bach players. He has nothing that resembles with the crispy sound of Gould's playing or the purity of thought of Schiff's interpretations. No, Richter is neither eclectic nor excessively sober. In some pieces there is passion (but not a romantic one) and in others the density and depth of thought is overwhelming. I strongly recommend this recording to all collectors, even knowing it is not a perfect one. For me, there is only one word to describe it, it is a bible!

Emir said:

Amazing! Richter has a rare for any musician ability to play one instrument, but sound as an orchestra. The Clavier is, to my understanding, is a set of exercises for those inspiring to learn how to play the Great Piano. Richter's example is nothing but the golden standard for everybody even trying to approach the Bach's work. Yes, the recording is not impeccable, as most Soviet recordings were, but it's not the quality of the sound that matters. What matters is that you hear the music as if it were a wonderful story told by a marvelous actor.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Tiago Faial
  • Emir
Date First Submitted:02/19/2001