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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 [CD]

Luc Beauséjour Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000MRP1SM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 1:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 1:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 1:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 1:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848 1:20£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 849 2:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 849 3:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 5 in D major, BWV 850 1:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 850 1:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851 1:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851 2:07£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 852 4:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 7 in E flat major, BWV 852 2:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 3:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 5:34£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 9 in E major, BWV 854 1:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV 854 1:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855 2:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855 1:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 11 in F major, BWV 856 1:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV 856 1:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 12 in F minor, BWV 857 1:55£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 857 3:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 858 1:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV 858 2:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 859 1:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 859 3:32£0.69  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 15 in G major, BWV 8600:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 860 2:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861 1:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 1:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 17 in A flat major, BWV 862 2:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 863 1:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor, BWV 863 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 19 in A major, BWV 864 1:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV 864 2:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 20 in A minor, BWV 865 1:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV 865 4:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 866 1:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 21 in B flat major, BWV 866 1:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 2:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 23 in B major, BWV 868 1:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV 868 2:20£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869 2:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869 6:31£0.69  Buy MP3 


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Préludes & Fugues, BWV846 à BWV869 / Luc Beauséjour, clavecin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JS Bach - Well Tempered Clavier ( Book 1 ) 17 Mar 2007
By r.b.
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Bach's monumental collection of 48 preludes and fugues better known as the well tempered clavier was issued in two volumes.The first book was completed by 1722 with the second from around 1742/43.The first volume is what harpsichordist Luc Beausejour has recorded here and what a solid performance it is.Beausejour plays in a refreshingly straightforward manner with no silly antics or turbo charged tempos and basically just let's the music speak for itself.His playing is very elegant,technically immaculate and worth every penny especially at Naxos price.

Combine Luc Beausejour's book 1 with Pieter Jan Belder for book 2 and you will have an excellent complete well tempered clavier on harpsichord.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Sep 2014
By stuart
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love bach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I 28 April 2007
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1717, Bach spent four weeks in prison as a result of what were deemed to be his over-zealous attempts to leave his employment with the Weimar court. Bach is said to have written Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier, at least in part, "in a place where ennui, boredom,, and the absence of any kind of musical instrument forced him to resort to this pastime." (Christoph Wolff, "Johann Sebastian Bach, The Learned Musician", page.184).

Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier was published in 1722 with a brief note by Bach describing the work as "The Well-Tempered Clavier, or preludes and fugues through all the tones and semitones, both as regards the tertia major or [Do] Re Me and as concerns the tertia minor or Re Me Fa. For the use and profit of the musical youth desirous of learning as well as for the pastime of those already skilled in this study." Many years later, between 1738 -- 1742, Bach published Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier. The 48 Preludes and Fugues have since their composition formed a backbone of the repertory for keyboard.

Book I consists of 24 preludes and fugues in each of the 12 major and minor keys using well-tempered tuning.The work begins in C major and C minor, followed by the major and minor keys in ascending half-steps. Thus, the final prelude and fugue are in the key of b minor. In this collection, Bach explores the full potential of keyboard music in expressiveness and technique. The preludes are improvisatory and free-style. The fugues are rigorous and learned and range from two voices to two fugues with five large voices. The mood of the work varies widely from severe and grand to song and dance and play. The preludes in fugues in each key generally are of contrasting character, allowing Bach to show the range of expressiveness of which each key was capable. The pieces cover the broadest range of time-signatures and rhythms. In an least one instance,, Prelude and Fugue no. 8, Bach used enharmonic notation. The Prelude is written in six flats (e-flat minor) while the cognate fugue is written in six sharps --- (d sharp minor) using the same keys on the instrument.

As a young boy in Bonn, Beethoven played and mastered this difficult music. Years ago in my own efforts at the piano, I attempted several of them. Although my experience playing the music is on the piano, I love to hear performances on the harpsichord. I spent many years with Wanda Landowska's reading on the Pleyel harpsichord which, with its clangor, bears little resemblance to the harpsichord of Bach's time. I thoroughly enjoyed ths new budget-priced release of Book I by Luc Beausejour. Beausejour is a Canadian harpsichordist and organist who has recorded the Goldberg Variations, Bach organ music, and Scarlatti, among much else. In this recording, he plays on a modern double-manual harpsichord built in 1985 with no specific historical model. It has a light, lyrical sound. The recording does not have the grandeur and sweep of Landowska's. The overall impression I got from the set was one of lightness even in the solemn pieces. The tone is generally one of lightness and flow, song and dance. I found it lovely, and it returned me to the music after an absence.

I followed the performance using my edition of Book I edited by Hans Bischoff. Beasejour does not appear to be playing from this text, and it would be interesting to know what edition he did use. The works that brought back my memories were, of course, the pieces I once tried to play, including the famous opening C major prelude with its spacious arpeggios and the following four part fugue based upon a scalar theme. I also rember playing the following c minor prelude with its succession of sixteenth-note figures and rapid close followed by a dance-like three part fugue. I enjoyed the vigoruous A-flat major prelude with its reflective and complex four-voice fugue. There is much to be savored in each pair of works in this collection.

As is apparent from the thougtful reviews that have already appeared for this CD, every listener has his or her own conception of this music and favorite performances. The low price and lovely playing make Beausejour's version a fine choice as an introduction to the work. Listeners with a great familiariy with the music will enjoy, as the reviews show, comparing it with other readings of this endlessly fascinating score.

Robin Friedman
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JS Bach's keyboard masterpiece (book 1) 26 April 2007
By r.b. - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this is a wonderful recording of Bach's well tempered clavier book 1 by Luc Beausejour and I'm afraid I disagree with the other review here by Mr.Satz. So far my highest regard for a recorded performance of this masterpiece goes to Bob Van Asperen.Luc Beausejour's version is on a par with Asperen's.Some would call this a mainstream performance,i call it a SENSIBLE performance with no silly antics or over indulgent tempi, just a good,elegant interpretation that comes from the heart.

I agree the sound could have used a shade more bass and indeed the harpsichord itself is rather "thin" sounding (it's supposed to be a German style instrument constructed by Yves Beaupre but in fact it sounds nothing like the surviving harpsichords of MIETKE,HARRASS,ZELL,GRABNER and HASS)and i wished he had used a more substantial instrument,although it is pleasant sounding and not clangy on the ears.
Altogether it's the playing itself that makes this recording a solid,reliable and very praiseworthy effort indeed.
WELL DONE MR BEAUSEJOUR!!! NOW HOW ABOUT BOOK 2.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Rather Ordinary Well Tempered Clavier 24 April 2007
By Donald N. Satz - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on Luc Beausejour's other recordings of Baroque harpsichord music, I had high hopes for his new set of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. 1. Unfortunately, Beausejour gives us an entirely mainstream reading except for relatively quick tempos that reduce the poignancy of Bach's music.

Other negative considerations are that Beausejour rarely varies tempo within each piece of music and treats the use of hesitations and staggering of musical lines as forbidden fruit. Worst of all, the harpsichord sound is thin with very weak bass response that dampens the dialogue among Bach's contrapuntal voices.

Alternatives? There are many harpsichord versions that easily surpass the Beausejour set: Gilbert, Leonhardt, van Asperen, Walcha, Ross, Wilson, Dantone, Verlet, Hantai, Jaccottet, Koopman, Landowska, Parmentier, Suzuki and Cooper. Also, let's not forget the host of piano versions that stand tall in the catalogs: Fellner, Schepkin, Crochet, Feinberg, Richter, Nikolayeva, Fischer, Horszowski, Hewitt, Gould, Gulda, Schiff, Tureck, Martins and Aldwell. Given this fierce competition, the Beausejour set never gets out of the starting gate.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream WTC Book I 28 April 2007
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd just like to offer a brief response to the review of Don Satz whose opinions I respect and generally agree with. I'm puzzled by his saying the harpsichord sound is weak. I found it pleasant, not bass-shy and reasonably transparent. And best of all it's not clangy like so many such recordings. As for Beauséjour's interpretation I would agree with him that it is mainstream, albeit tending to be a little fast (or sprightly, if one prefers) without being extreme, and I see nothing wrong with that. Beauséjour does not indulge in the overdetermined agogics so favored by some. I suppose one might call that stodgy or plain vanilla. But it works in those pieces, such as the E flat minor prelude, that are so often pulled this way and that by agogic 'expression.' I call it sensitive musicianship that doesn't indulge in showboating. There may be a lack of the last little bit of brilliance in some of the major key pieces, such as the C sharp major or B flat major preludes. This is not perhaps the best set available but if one takes into consideration the price -- for lots of folks that's a factor in a two CD set -- this one gets a moderate recommendation, not a thumbs down as Satz appears to have given it.

Chacun à son goût, I guess.

Scott Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Well-Tempered Clavier 7 April 2010
By bilbo - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of records of the "The Well-Tempered Clavier" have been made on piano, certainly because of better sounding .... but this version on harpsichord is certainly one of the better I have eared (It's true that the instrument has been made specially for the occasion!). and Luc Beauséjour has a fine playing for theses pieces. Enjoy !!! Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
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