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This review is from: Well-Tempered Clavier, The (Richter) (Audio CD)
Richter's Well-Tempered Clavier knocked me sideways when I heard first heard it. It was recorded at the beginning of the 1970s and really sounds its age alongside the clear perfection one finds in some of the most recent versions of the WTC: the piano sounds a bit clangy and the acoustic too reverberent. Listen through this, and there is something slightly old-fashioned, even old-school about Richter's Bach. Not here the historical consciousness that informs the conception of the works even on many fine and more recent recordings on the modern piano. But that is 'old-school' in the best sense. I would defy anybody not to be thoroughly enchanted by the authority of his playing, with its patrician grace and the luminous shine of his smooth and full lines. There's a kind of self-evident ease here you don't here you don't hear any more. Mastery delivered with a smile and a warm reminder of a bygone age of pianism.