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Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (Pienaar)

Johann Sebastian Bach , Daniel-Ben Pienaar Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Prometheus Editions
  • ASIN: B0000D9YED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The new gold standard? 19 Nov 2003
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First, judge a book by the cover. Behind the photo of the devastatingly handsome pianist we see his own compelling liner notes of exceptional insight and particular breadth of reading and study. Firstly one might therefore expect a similarly studied performance; secondly, Pienaar seems to promise a middle way recording, plain vanilla or ready salted, difficult to look forward to.
Happily neither fear is fulfilled. The performance is fresh, but more importantly it is unlike any other I have heard: it has a nervy, edgy tone unlike any of the other great recordings (Richter being my other personal favourite), consistent (unlike Gould) and totally rivetting, more Monster Munch than Ready Salted throughout. Where the music should be tender it is breathtakingly tender, where it should be jaunty it has a neurotic edge and great dynamic range that is mesmerizing, and where one should simply let rip the sheer technical accomplishment and sense of a great talent walking a tightrope of technique leaves one elated at the accomplishment of both composer and performer.
A must-have.
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2.0 out of 5 stars suboptimal rhythmic strength 16 Jan 2014
This kid does not have it rhythmically, and the raves here are quite a puzzle. Bach's power derives from a flexible steadiness, and although some compare this guy with Gould (sharp attacks, speed etc.), the one thing Gould had above all others is rhythmic strength. This pianist is more like Schiff, just not hearing or getting the fundamental pulse and beat of Bach's motor. Weird.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recording to end all recordings 2 Nov 2003
How can one sufficiently praise Daniel-Ben Pienaar’s sublime new recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1? One is tempted to extol its virtues using conventional superlatives. But in truth, the language with which one can adequately commend this latter-day masterwork of pianistic endeavour is yet to be hewn. In the bass rumblings of Pienaar’s Steinway we hear not only doubled octaves of dubious authenticity and exquisite taste, but the foundering of the old order and a clarion call for an age of new, meaningful piano performance. With Lutheran zeal Pienaar re-reads this pianistic Bible to us, not in the note-by-note Latin of Hewitt of Perahia, but in the blazing vernacular. This is highest music of High Baroque played by the first and greatest proponent of post-post-Enlightenment pianism.
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