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J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 & 2 [Box set]

Rosalyn Tureck Audio CD
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  • Performer: Rosalyn Tureck
  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000031X83
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C major BWV 846 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C major BWV 846 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C minor BWV 847 1:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C minor BWV 847 1:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C sharp major BWV 848 1:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C sharp major BWV 848 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in C sharp minor BWV 849 3:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in C sharp minor BWV 849 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in D major BWV 850 1:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in D major BWV 850 2:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in D minor BWV 851 1:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in D minor BWV 851 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E flat major BWV 852 4:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in E flat major BWV 852 2:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E flat minor BWV 853 5:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in D sharp minor BWV 853 6:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E major BWV 854 1:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in E major BWV 854 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in E minor BWV 855 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in E minor BWV 855 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F major BWV 856 1:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F major BWV 856 1:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F minor BWV 857 2:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F minor BWV 857 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F sharp major BWV 858 1:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F sharp major BWV 858 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in F sharp minor BWV 859 1:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in F sharp minor BWV 859 3:450.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in G major BWV 8600:550.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in G major BWV 860 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in G minor BWV 861 2:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in G minor BWV 861 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in A flat major BWV 862 1:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in A flat major BWV 862 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in G sharp minor BWV 863 1:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in G sharp minor BWV 863 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in A major BWV 864 1:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in A major BWV 864 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in A minor BWV 865 1:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in A minor BWV 865 4:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B flat major BWV 866 1:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B flat major BWV 866 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B flat minor BWV 867 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B flat minor BWV 867 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B major BWV 868 1:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B major BWV 868 2:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Prelude in B minor BWV 869 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 - Fugue in B minor BWV 869 7:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in C major BWV 870 2:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in C major BWV 870 1:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in C minor BWV 871 2:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in C minor BWV 871 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in C sharp major BWV 872 2:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in C sharp major BWV 872 2:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in C sharp minor BWV 873 6:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in C sharp minor BWV 873 2:230.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in D major BWV 874 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in D major BWV 874 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in D minor BWV 875 1:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in D minor BWV 875 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in E flat major BWV 876 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in E flat major BWV 876 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in D sharp minor BWV 877 4:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in D sharp minor BWV 877 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in E major BWV 878 5:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in E major BWV 878 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in E minor BWV 879 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in E minor BWV 879 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in F major BWV 880 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in F major BWV 880 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in F minor BWV 881 6:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in F minor BWV 881 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in F sharp major BWV 882 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in F sharp major BWV 882 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in F sharp minor BWV 883 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in F sharp minor BWV 883 5:010.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in G major BWV 884 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in G major BWV 884 1:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in G minor BWV 885 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in G minor BWV 885 4:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in A flat major BWV 886 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in A flat major BWV 886 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in G sharp minor BWV 887 6:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in G sharp minor BWV 887 7:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in A major BWV 888 2:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in A major BWV 888 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in A minor BWV 889 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in A minor BWV 889 1:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in B flat major BWV 890 7:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in B flat major BWV 890 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in B flat minor BWV 891 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in B flat minor BWV 891 6:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in B major BWV 892 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in B major BWV 892 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Prelude in B minor BWV 893 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 - Fugue in B minor BWV 893 2:110.79  Buy MP3 


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Bach 1 April 2008
By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This must be the most beautiful, and spiritually profound, recording of the 'Well Tempered Clavier' ever made. I was continually amazed by how Rosalyn Tureck clearly brings out aspects of the music that other recordings hardly hint at. The Preludes are full of fine virtuosity but this is never for its own sake and completely at the service of the music. The fugues build wonderfully and the various 'lines' are elaborated with chrystal clarity. But these are not mechanical performances in the slightest. The music is allowed to 'speak' for itself without any exaggeration. Tureck's tempi seem to this listener to be exactly right and, although I wouldn't be without the fine recordings by Fischer, Landowska, and Walcha, this is the set I keep returning to.

The early 1950's mono sound is perfectly acceptable and the DG remastering very well done. An essential purchase for all lovers of Bach's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Bach Playing 15 July 2012
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I have had a love for Bach played on the piano for many years now and have accumulated numerous versions of "The Well-tempered Clavier". Tureck's ability to form soft tone transitions as she plays and, seemingly, an amazing ability to integrate the whole work with her playing is mesmerizing. A truly spiritual interpretation of the WTC! If you like Bach on the piano in a more soft-mannered interpretation Tureck will be an everlasting companion. I truly admire her as an artist. This was a special gift from my wife that I always will treasure. Highly recommended in every way.

You will not regret searching out other recordings by Tureck, e.g. Great Pianists of the 20th Century: Rosalyn Tureck I - Bach: Partitas, BMV 825-830 and Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Rosalyn Tureck. A very good budget version of Tureck's WTC is Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klav.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best WTC (aside Gulda's) 7 Sep 2010
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Tureck's WTC (earlier mono version by Deutsche Grammophone, stereo by BBC legends) is still the best on the market, aside Friedrich Gulda's legendary version. Just listen!
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With sacerdotal dignity, Father Melchizedek OP, the High Priest of Period Practice, pushed the play-button of the black box.

"My dear brother in 410HZ," the voice purred (it was Ernst Hogwood-Blofeld, the Number One at SPECTRE [Sinister Period Practice Enacted to Counter Traditional Readings Everlastingly]), "your next mission, should you choose to accept it, will take you to Afghanistan. Our brethren in Bamiyan have uncovered a 55 metre statue of Rosalyn Tureck playing the Well Tempered Clavier. It has been hewn into a sandstone cliff. The United Nations can howl as much as it likes: the Russian-Turkish pianist is an ideological enemy of SPECTRE and this colossus must be destroyed. A plane awaits you at the airport. This device will start playing the Magnificat of Bach as performed by Herbert von Karajan in fifteen seconds."

With a shudder, Father Melchizedek hurriedly seized the black-box and hurled it through an open window. He then summoned his trusty manservant.

"Cato," he squawked with a glitter in his cold eyes. "There will be no more assassination attempts tonight. I am off to Afghanistan to assist our brothers in clipped phrasing and miniaturisation. Warm up the Silver Hornet!"

As it turned out, the Silver Hornet was badly in need of a service so the cleric caught a taxi to the airport. Twenty four hours later, he stood at Bamiyan and bared his fangs at the colossus.

"So what have you tried?" he hissed at the Period Practice Taliban.

"Your Grace," their leader replied obsequiously, "we have fired off all our weaponry. Tureck seems impervious to assault. We've used van Asperen, Gilbert, Watchorn, Levin, Kirkpatrick and Beausejour. We even had recourse to a dirty bomb: Glenn Ghoul. Nothing will budge this monument.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tureck - Bach's 48 12 April 2000
By Barry De Boer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was brought up on Tureck's Well-Tempered Clavier and have eagerly awaited this CD issue ever since CDs were invented. I am not disappointed. The tempi are occasionally slower than some modern performances (Schiff, et al)but the crystal clarity and articulation is amazing. Listen to the B-flat Fugue (No 17) in book 1 and marvel at the way the different voices are brought-out. By comparison Schiff seems unsubtle and Gould sounds (to me) crude. Is Tureck true to baroque style? Who knows. This collection is pure music at the very highest level - not a history book! The recording is not wonderful by today's standards but more than adequate once you have got used to the tape hiss. For me, this edition is definitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 48 Preludes and Fugues / Rosalyn Tureck 6 Sep 2000
By Peter Bright - Published on Amazon.com
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This is perhaps the most beautiful recording that I have had the pleasure of hearing. I also have piano interpretations of the Well Tempered Clavier by Edwin Fischer, Glen Gould, Andras Schiff and Jeno Jando. While the Fischer recording is also an essential purchase, Tureck's is the only one that holds me spellbound from start to finish. Her tempi are highly variable (note that she was a major influence of Gould's style of playing), but her composure and control are never in doubt. There is quite a lot of background hiss which can be troublesome at first, but over time this became totally insignificant in relation to magnificent music. To me, this music is perfect - one of the only works that, for me, creates the impression of time standing still.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual 28 Jun 2002
By Carlos Rosa - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, there is tape hiss, but it's unobtrusive and should not hinder the musical appreciation of any true Bachian. As to tempi, Tureck has a feel for expressing the timeless quality of the WTC, and at her most successful, tempo concerns dissolve. Go to Gould for pianistic virtuosity and an ego that sometimes bruises phrases, other times lifts them to heights of expressive potential; to Fischer (on Naxos) for the personality, the character of each prelude and fugue; to Hewitt for dynamics of almost Lisztian vibrancy, and to Schiff if you want bland, generic vanilla Bach. But if you want your WTC to approach something of the spirtuality and depth of the Matthew Passion or the B-Minor Mass, go with Tureck. She invests every fiber of her apparently reverent soul into each note, a performance which the light of heart can confuse with ponderousness. In short, Tureck's WTC is a must for those who must have their Bach mean as well as say something. For them, considerations such as tape hiss are trivial.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance -- 5; Recording -- 3 19 July 2005
By Michael Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Tureck recordings of the Well-Tempered Clavier are so old that they were originally released on monaural LPs. My first exposure to them -- and to Tureck -- was the re-released, enhanced-to-sound-like-stereo versions. Like this CD, the more recent LPs are based on old monaural recordings that show their age.

But for me, at least, the background hiss is worth it because I am entranced by Tureck's rendition of the Preludes and Fugues. Yes, many of them are slower than more recent recordings, and you can't hear her singing as prominently as if Glenn Gould were at the keyboard (oh wait...), but what I have not seen her critics mention below is her voicing: her ten fingers create three, or four, or even five independent lines in each of the fugues. Give a listen to the C# minor fugue from Book One for an example. Any 4-year-old can learn the four-note subject in four seconds. But this cathedral of a fugue, with its new multiple subjects introduced at the end of the "exposition", is a monster to play contrapuntally. All five voices are heard independently in this recording.

Tureck has the speed necessary to execute the brilliant preludes, as well; witness the D Major, d minor, and Bb Major fugues from Book One.

I confess I am not familiar with many of the other popular recordings of the WTC, so I have little to compare this recording to. However, I recommend this recording. I also recommend Tureck's recordings of the partitas, and the Goldberg variations.
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tureck: Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach 25 Oct 2000
By Charles J. Haugnhey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This remastering of a 1953 DG recording is a treasure in that it captures one of the 20th century's Bach specialists at her prime. For Tureck or Bach groupies, this 4-CD release is perhaps a must-have. But, for the hiss... at some tracks a faint whisper and on other tracks a veritable steam leak. Outside of pirate recordings of that era, I've heard no other early 50's remastering with so much intrusive noise. The amount of hiss surprised me, particularly since this source came from an established, presigious recording compny. As for the liner notes, the proof is left to most American students, since the text is only in French and German. So, Ms. Tureck gets a "5" for her artistry and love of Bach, and Deutsche Grammaphone gets a "1" for an inconsistent technical recording, for an overall "3."
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