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JS Bach - Well Tempered Clavier [harpsichord] [Box set]

Harpsichord Pieter-Jan Belder , JS Bach , None Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: JS Bach
  • Audio CD (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Well-tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2 - Pieter-Jan Belder

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Livres I et II / Pieter-Jan Belder, clavecin

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JS Bach - well tempered clavier (complete) 21 May 2009
By r.b.
Format:Audio CD
Pieter Jan Belder is now a well known figure in the early music scene and with this recording he confirms,without a doubt,what a gifted harpsichordist he is.He delivers a fine performance throughout book 1 but his book 2 is fantastic and this is something surprisingly few harpsichordist's have managed to achieve.

I believe this is now THE benchmark performance on harpsichord of the complete well tempered clavier by the same performer.I still prefer Luc Beausejour for book 1 but Belder's book 2 is the greatest on disc.

Pieter Jan Belder has delivered consistently good performances regardless of which composers music he is performing and this recording cements his reputation as a great musician.Although i feel his account of book 1 is not all it could have been this 4 cd set is an essential purchase for his truly magnificent performance of book 2.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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As the other reviewers here say, and I completely agree with them, this is unquestionably a great recording by Pieter-Jan Belder of Bach's sublime "well-tempered clavier". Played, correctly, on a harpsichord that just sounds, well, great - Brilliant Classics engineer and producer have given us what must be one of the best harpsichord recordings ever. And all for a tenner or so!

This set renders many older recordings into the "historical interest" category, such as the redoubtable Kenneth Gilbert set Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, bks. 1 & 2, to name but one example.

Despite regarding the harpsichord the way to go in these pieces, I enjoy Bach on the piano, too, and one can turn to Pollini Bach, J.S.: The well-tempered Clavier, Till Fellner Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, and the decidedly archival Edwin Fischer Bach - Das wohltemperierte Klavier (this older EMI References having the best sound quality), to name but three glorious recordings.

Pieter-Jan Belder has made many good recordings (his Scarlatti "cube" Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Works is entirely complimentary to the much-missed genius of Scott Ross [[ASIN:B0009MWAVQ Scarlatti - Complete Keyboard Sonatas]), but this is surely his best yet.

Do not hesitate, you really won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 13 May 2012
By Fdsa
Format:Audio CD
Pieter chooses to play in an irregular circular temperament rather than E.T., which is probably what Bach intended. Perfect executions, and very very very expressive. Top quality music, doesn't get much better than this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well tempered indeed 20 Dec 2012
By colB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure that I would enjoy listening to so much harpsichord, but the piano set of these works cost more than I wanted to pay, so I took a chance on this. I'm very glad I did, it is sublime. Listening to these recordings highlights that this music was written for harpsichord - it's just so much more animated and spacious that when played on piano (although that may be partly down to the performance).
It's hard to believe that I paid less than 10 for four discs of music this good. I'm very happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Christine Schornsheim as well 15 Feb 2012
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I confess I have not listened to this version, but just purchased the one made by Christine Schornsheim which seems to be the new reference.

It would be interesting to compare the two versions.
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