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BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book I (Landowska) (1949-1951)

    

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BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book I (Landowska) (1949-1951)

Wanda Landowska, who continued to perform and record up to her death in 1959, was renowned as the greatest harpsichordist of the first half of the twentieth century, resurrecting the instrument and taking a scholarly approach to the performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, made between 1949 and 1954, was begun to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Bach in 1750. As with all of Landowska’s recordings, what strikes the listener most is her vitality, her musical integrity, and her total commitment to the music she is playing. A contemporary reviewer noted at the time, “All such features of her playing should be studied and pondered, for here is a great musician interpreting in the light of long and fruitful experience and study. Those who know the score best should forget their theories and listen to what she has to say.”



Disc 1

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 24 Preludes and Fugues
1.   Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 00:02:29
2.   Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846 00:01:48
3.   Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 00:02:03
4.   Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 00:01:48
5.   Prelude No. 3 in C - Sharp Major, BWV 848 00:01:20
6.   Fugue No. 3 in C - Sharp Major, BWV 848 00:02:20
7.   Prelude No. 4 in C - Sharp Minor, BWV 849 00:02:50
8.   Fugue No. 4 in C - Sharp Minor, BWV 849 00:05:24
9.   Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850 00:01:21
10.   Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850 00:01:47
11.   Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851 00:01:33
12.   Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851 00:01:52
13.   Prelude No. 7 in E - Flat Major, BWV 852 00:05:58
14.   Fugue No. 7 in E - Flat Major, BWV 852 00:01:49
15.   Prelude No. 8 in E - Flat Minor, BWV 853 00:03:09
16.   Fugue No. 8 in D - Sharp Minor, BWV 853 00:07:01
17.   Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 00:01:43
18.   Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854 00:01:30
19.   Prelude No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855 00:02:59
20.   Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855 00:01:17
21.   Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856 00:01:19
22.   Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856 00:01:26
23.   Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857 00:02:32
24.   Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857 00:06:42


Disc 2

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 24 Preludes and Fugues
1.   Prelude No. 13 in F - Sharp Major, BWV 858 00:01:38
2.   Fugue No. 13 in F - Sharp Major, BWV 858 00:01:53
3.   Prelude No. 14 in F - Sharp Minor, BWV 859 00:01:22
4.   Fugue No. 14 in F - Sharp Minor, BWV 859 00:04:20
5.   Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 00:01:08
6.   Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860 00:03:12
7.   Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 00:02:12
8.   Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 00:04:11
9.   Prelude No. 17 in A - Flat Major, BWV 862 00:01:37
10.   Fugue No. 17 in A - Flat Major, BWV 862 00:03:31
11.   Prelude No. 18 in G - Sharp Minor, BWV 863 00:01:43
12.   Fugue No. 18 in G - Sharp Minor, BWV 863 00:02:49
13.   Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 00:01:42
14.   Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 00:03:07
15.   Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865 00:01:29
16.   Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865 00:05:18
17.   Prelude No. 21 in B - Flat Major, BWV 866 00:01:33
18.   Fugue No. 21 in B - Flat Major, BWV 866 00:01:56
19.   Prelude No. 22 in B - Flat Minor, BWV 867 00:03:27
20.   Fugue No. 22 in B - Flat Minor, BWV 867 00:04:06
21.   Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868 00:02:03
22.   Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868 00:02:17
23.   Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 00:03:13
24.   Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 00:09:19

Total Playing Time: 02:13:06






Composer(s):
Bach, Johann Sebastian

Artist(s):
Landowska, Wanda

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.110314-15

Barcode: 636943131428

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Physical Release: 09/2006

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