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Bach: Wohltemperierte Klavier, Bk.1 (DG The Originals) [Original recording remastered]

Ralph Kirkpatrick Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Originals
  • ASIN: B00004R7WZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C major BWV 846 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C major BWV 846 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C minor BWV 847 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C minor BWV 847 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C sharp major BWV 848 1:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C sharp major BWV 848 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C sharp minor BWV 849 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C sharp minor BWV 849 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in D major BWV 850 1:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in D major BWV 850 1:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in D minor BWV 851 1:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in D minor BWV 851 2:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E flat major BWV 852 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in E flat major BWV 852 1:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E flat minor BWV 853 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in D sharp minor BWV 853 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E major BWV 854 1:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in E major BWV 854 1:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E minor BWV 855 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in E minor BWV 855 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F major BWV 8560:510.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F major BWV 856 1:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F minor BWV 857 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F minor BWV 857 4:540.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F sharp major BWV 858 1:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F sharp major BWV 858 1:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F sharp minor BWV 859 1:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F sharp minor BWV 859 3:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in G major BWV 8600:560.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in G major BWV 860 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in G minor BWV 861 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in G minor BWV 861 1:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in A flat major BWV 862 1:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in A flat major BWV 862 2:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in G sharp minor BWV 863 1:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in G sharp minor BWV 863 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in A major BWV 864 1:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in A major BWV 864 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in A minor BWV 865 1:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in A minor BWV 865 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B flat major BWV 866 1:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B flat major BWV 866 1:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B flat minor BWV 867 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B flat minor BWV 867 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B major BWV 8680:570.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B major BWV 868 1:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B minor BWV 869 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B minor BWV 869 5:210.79  Buy MP3 


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This recording, from 1963 and reissued as part of the Deutsche Grammophon Originals series, is significant on several counts. Kirkpatrick (best known for his scholarly work on Scarlatti's music) was a musician of exceptional intelligence and perception as well as possessing extensive historical knowledge. Additionally, recordings on the clavichord-the smaller, more intimate cousin of the harpsichord--are still extremely unusual. Perhaps this disc indicates why. Kirkpatrick, in his excellent introductory notes in the booklet, urges the listener not to play it with the volume turned up too much and suggests that one should adjust the levels of bass and treble until the sound becomes satisfactory. The clavichord's sound at its best is somewhere between a harpsichord and a guitar; it is definitely an acquired taste. Here it can at times seem excessively clangy and toneless, and occasionally less than well-tempered as it loses its tuning easily. Aficionados of interesting instruments and important historical performances by great musicians will gain much satisfaction from Kirkpatrick, although some may find his interpretations somewhat over-academic at the expense of freedom of expression. Anyone searching for a pleasantly listenable recording of Bach's Preludes and Fugueswould do well to explore other options, such as Andr´s Schiff on Decca. --Jessica Duchen

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DGG 463601 2; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica da camera Cembalo

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Bach's music is a whole world within five octaves. I've loved these pieces perhaps more than any other playing them myself on the piano and listening to many recordings. To my ears neither the piano nor the harpsichord seems quite right in this music. But on the delicate and gently resonant clavichord RK makes Bach's counterpoint tell. The same goes incidentally for the Book II recording Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Book II. Somehow the quiet guitar like tone never sounds underpowered and the bass can sometimes growl with startling ferocity. It also allows this player a wonderful spontaneity, sometimes he gently swings the rhythm, elsewhere he races along joyfully without ever blurring the counterpoint. This is music and music making you listen to when all else seems jaded and all you otherwise want to hear is silence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 4 July 2002
By Matthew D Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a few really outstanding recordings of this: among them richter, wanda landowska, friedrich gulda, gould. This is now my favorite. It may actually be more expressive and nuanced than all of the above (with the exception of gulda), while being less mannered. You can hear everything; the clavichord makes it all transparent. This is an incandescent recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part I of Kirkpatrick's Great Clavichord Performance of Bach 3 Sep 2002
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
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I've waited a long time to find the first half of Kirkpatrick's Clavichord performance of J. S. Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier"; it was surely well worth waiting. Kirkpatrick offers lively, emotionally stirring performances on the clavichord, opening with the familiar bars of the "Ave Maria" in the first brief piece. I concur with a previous reviewer who remaked that this is an incandescent recording. I think it is now my favorite keyboard performance of Bach's music, easily surpassing any I've heard from the likes of Gould or Perahia. The sound quality is exceptional for these vintage recordings, some of which are over forty years old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wore out the grooves on my Archiv copy 1 July 2003
By Werner - Published on Amazon.com
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Kirkpatrick's performance stands apart from all the rest. I owned Archiv 33 1/3 copies of Teil 1 & 2 when at university, and his virtuosity helped me through many a tense night. I survived, but the vinyl eventually failed.
The unique sound of the Clavichord (clavier refers generally to all keyboard instruments) presents challenges in presentation which Ralph Kirkpatrick easily masters to create an unparalled sound experience. Bach would be proud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent rendition of the keyboard's "Old Testament" by a supreme musician 14 Feb 2013
By Cody Franchetti - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no need to say anything about 'The Well Tempered Clavier', even though judging here from some reviewers' mystification over the clavichord, they seem to think there is some connection between 'clavier' and 'clavichord': there is not. 'Clavier' is the English spelling for the German 'Klavier', or, 'keyboard'; 'clavichord' happens to be the ancestor to the piano, for it is a keyboard instrument whose strings are not plucked (like the harpsichord) but are struck with metal pedals, thus allowing for dynamic shading. The nature of the pedals gives its 'metallic' sound, and, the instrument's extremely soft sound - too faint for a concert hall - is due to its size and structure.
The clavichord also happens to have been Bach's favorite instrument and is a revelation for anyone who hasn't heard this rarely played instrument. Naturally, it requires some acclimatization, because the tone is not unlike Glenn Gould's jocular description - "a castrated piano". But wisecracks aside, the clavichord's sound shall delight the most refined palates.

Ralph Kirpatrick's magisterial rendition evinces the instrument's potentialities. For example, the D-sharp Minor fugue from Book I is particularly suited on the clavichord due to its frequent restatements of the theme in all its V voices in various registers, which can only be properly highlighted by dynamic emphasis, which is obviously impossible to do on the harpsichord without changing the sound far too substantially, using the lute-stop. Another superb example of the clavichord's suitability for the WTC is the E-flat Minor Prelude from Book I, which in this reading is of particular intensity, due to its sound's sincerity in characterizing authentic despair. But to enumerate the treasures of this recording would be tiresome. Let it suffice to say that this recording is outstanding and is a perfect complement to Kirpatrick's other recording of 'The Well Tempered Clavier' on the harpsichord, which sadly has never been issued on CD. Kirpatrick was a great scholar, but also a great musician; and anyone who reads his notes of his edition of the score of 60 Scarlatti's sonatas published by Schirmer shall gather the depth and sensitivity of his musicianship.

This recording of Bach's masterwork is a landmark of twentieth-century recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much depends on the instrument 24 May 2012
By Charles Gregor - Published on Amazon.com
I picked the recording based on the artist, without noticing that Kirkpatrick here uses not a harpsichord but a clavichord. I've been a devotee of Baroque music for 40 years, and I must confess this is the first clavichord recording I have ever owned. The performance is what we would expect of Mr. Kirkpatrick, and the clavichord does allow for an extra measure of dynamic and percussive expression. Perhaps after more exposure I will stop hearing echoes of a banjo or steel guitar. Next time I do think I'll stick with a harpsichord.
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