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BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book II (Landowska) (1951-1954)

    

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BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book II (Landowska) (1951-1954)

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. Book II of her recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was made between 1951 and 1954 at her home in Lakeville Connecticut. 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. Landowska brings a unique mood, style and character to the great Prelude and Fugue in E major which she described as ‘one of the most perfect works of music.’ Her heartfelt interpretation of the Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor can be best summed up in her own words: ‘When Bach writes of sorrow, it never crushes us. Perhaps because there is no trace of bitterness. This music, even if it describes rebellion or anguish, fortifies us.’ Landowska’s recording of Book I is available on Naxos 8.110314-15.



Disc 1

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 24 Preludes and Fugues
1.   Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 00:03:30
2.   Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 00:01:53
3.   Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 871 00:02:22
4.   Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 871 00:03:57
5.   Prelude No. 3 in C - Sharp Major, BWV 872 00:03:10
6.   Fugue No. 3 in C - Sharp Major, BWV 872 00:02:14
7.   Prelude No. 4 in C - Sharp Minor, BWV 873 00:04:23
8.   Fugue No. 4 in C - Sharp Minor, BWV 873 00:03:15
9.   Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874 00:03:48
10.   Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874 00:05:07
11.   Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 875 00:01:20
12.   Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 875 00:02:42
13.   Prelude No. 7 in E - Flat Major, BWV 876 00:03:05
14.   Fugue No. 7 in E - Flat Major, BWV 876 00:01:54
15.   Prelude No. 8 in D - Sharp Minor, BWV 877 00:05:08
16.   Fugue No. 8 in D - Sharp Minor, BWV 877 00:05:57
17.   Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878 00:03:54
18.   Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878 00:03:19


Disc 2

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 24 Preludes and Fugues
1.   Prelude No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 879 00:04:36
2.   Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 879 00:03:44
3.   Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880 00:05:57
4.   Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880 00:02:09
5.   Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881 00:05:35
6.   Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881 00:02:35
7.   Prelude No. 13 in F - Sharp Major, BWV 882 00:03:48
8.   Fugue No. 13 in F - Sharp Major, BWV 882 00:02:41
9.   Prelude No. 14 in F - Sharp Minor, BWV 883 00:03:46
10.   Fugue No. 14 in F - Sharp Minor, BWV 883 00:08:46
11.   Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884 00:03:55
12.   Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884 00:01:30
13.   Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885 00:03:38
14.   Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885 00:04:11
15.   Prelude No. 17 in A - Flat Major, BWV 886 00:04:57
16.   Fugue No. 17 in A - Flat Major, BWV 886 00:04:51


Disc 3

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: 24 Preludes and Fugues
1.   Prelude No. 18 in G - Sharp Minor, BWV 887 00:05:41
2.   Fugue No. 18 in G - Sharp Minor, BWV 887 00:05:18
3.   Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 888 00:02:02
4.   Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 888 00:01:48
5.   Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889 00:03:28
6.   Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889 00:02:08
7.   Prelude No. 21 in B - Flat Major, BWV 890 00:05:03
8.   Fugue No. 21 in B - Flat Major, BWV 890 00:03:35
9.   Prelude No. 22 in B - Flat Minor, BWV 891 00:05:17
10.   Fugue No. 22 in B - Flat Minor, BWV 891 00:05:30
11.   Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892 00:02:50
12.   Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892 00:03:31
13.   Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893 00:03:22
14.   Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893 00:02:07
  Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998
15.   Prelude 00:03:05
16.   Fugue 00:06:59
17.   Allegro 00:02:44

Total Playing Time: 03:12:05






Composer(s):
Bach, Johann Sebastian

Artist(s):
Landowska, Wanda

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Instrumental

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.111061-63

Barcode: 0747313306121

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Physical Release: 12/2006

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