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  • Audio CD (5 Aug. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000041CZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
3. Prelude
4. Fugue
5. Prelude
6. Fugue
7. Prelude
8. Fugue
9. Prelude
10. Fugue
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Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. Fugue
3. Prelude
4. Fugue
5. Prelude
6. Fugue
7. Prelude
8. Fugue
9. Prelude
10. Fugue
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Product Description

DEC 4465452; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica da camera Cembalo

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David B VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
On first hearing, I felt that Gulda pulled some of the pieces about a bit. But repeated listening has brought growing appreciation. The interpretations are thoughtful, and the Bosendorfer has that warm sound. This is not 'clinical' Bach. These are very agreeable renditions. Fascinating to compare with the lyrical set by Nikolayeva (with lovely recorded sound) and the wayward (but often exciting Glenn Gould version.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "count_mushnik" on 8 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This just isn't the WTC that I know and love and worship and play every day. I won't disagree for a minute that the pieces are played with great attention to detail, every suspension and theme entry is picked out with clarity. And tempo-wise, I agree with the pace of nearly every pair. What I disagree with is the interpretation of some of the pieces here.
The nature of the WTC (no expression marks except in the B minor pair) means that every person is going to play each prelude and fugue in a different way, and I absolutely accept that - but some of Gulda's playing goes too far for me. Take for example the C sharp minor fugue with its mysterious chromaticism. In my opinion this fugue starts pianissimo, builds in the middle, and ebbs away at the end. Instead, Gulda plays it a resounding fortissimo all the way through, destroying any subtlety.
Another aspect of this recording I dislike is the recording quality - listening to this disc sounds like an upright piano and microphone have been placed in a very tiny cork lined room. There is no resonance whatsoever, the sound is beyond dry. I'm not asking for echoing caves, but I'm not sure what happened to the acoustics here.
And my final gripe, which the title refers to, are the improvised inverted mordents which pepper this recording. I'm confident these aren't written by Bach (I have an urtext edition, and they aren't in there) so why Gulda thinks he has the right to add some in I don't know. Perhaps there is some convention among Baroque pianists about this, I'm no musicologist so I wouldn't know, but personally it drives me round the bend - especially when serene pieces like the C major prelude are ruined by a little inverted mordent on the last note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Der Sammler on 7 Sept. 2010
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Gulda's WTC is still the best on the market, aside R. Tureck's legendary versions. Just listen!
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