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The best recording of Book One ever made,
This review is from: J. S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (Audio CD)
We have the Gould and Richter recordings, as well as others, but Barenboim gives by far our favourite interpretation. The man has been playing Bach since he was six, and the fluidity and sensuality he brings to the pieces is revelatory. If you know the 48 (Book 1), be prepared to listen to the whole recording in one sitting, so spellbinding are Barenboim's interpretations. If you don't, well this is a recording that may annoy pedants but is one that powerfully expresses the joy and genius of Bach's work.
One caveat: the recording quality is occasionally muffled, and certainly not as good as it should be. But this won't detract from your listen pleasure: if you don't whoop with delight after listening to the Prelude in G Major, you may well be clinically dead.