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Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Masaaki Suzuki
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1513 CD
EAN 7318591513148
Format CD  –  2 discs
Release date Nov 2008
Total time 160'24

Set of 2 CDs
Besides numerous discs with choral and instrumental works with his ensemble Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki is currently recording a complete series of Bach’s works for solo harpsichord. Releases so far include acclaimed interpretations of the Italian Concerto, the French Suites, the Partitas and the Goldberg Variations. The series began in 1997, with Book I of Das Wohltemperiertes Klavier – a release which was recommended by Spanish magazine CD Compact, as well as receiving three stars in the Penguin Guide. Reviewers were enthusiastic, for instance in Gramophone (‘a Bach player of distinction… He has great vitality and constantly conveys a strongly rhythmic sense of momentum – a thoroughly rewarding set’) and in American Record Guide (‘I devoured this recording when it arrived, and I was left with the feeling I'd made a new friend... a set that will hold pride of place over many others’). Suzuki now picks up the thread with Bach’s second set of 24 preludes and fugues, a key-work in Western music and a cornerstone in the repertoire for both piano and harpsichord. Like its predecessor, Book 2 traverses all the keys of the harmonic system, exploring each tonality during the span of one prelude and one fugue. In his informed liner notes, Bach specialist Professor Yo Tomita discusses various aspects of the collection. These include the interesting connections between individual movements and other works by Bach, such as the similarities between the prelude in B flat minor and the recitative from the St Matthew Passion containing Jesus’ cry ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me’. But as the liner notes point out, the movements in the Well-Tempered Clavier II are ‘not copies; rather they take the form of treasured ideas reworked as new and unique keyboard compositions’, by a master who in his late fifties had had more, and greater, ideas than most composers.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Praeludium und Fuge C-Dur, BWV870 4'36
01 Praeludium I 2'46
02 Fuge I a 3 voci 1'50
 
  Praeludium und Fuge c-moll, BWV871 5'12
03 Praeludium II 3'24
04 Fuge II a 4 voci 1'48
 
  Praeludium und Fuge Cis-Dur, BWV872 4'00
05 Praeludium III 2'01
06 Fuge III a 3 voci 1'59
 
  Praeludium und Fuge cis-moll, BWV873 6'42
07 Praeludium IV 4'08
08 Fuge IV a 3 voci 2'34
 
  Praeludium und Fuge D-Dur, BWV874 7'35
09 Praeludium V 5'16
10 Fuge V a 4 voci 2'19
 
  Praeludium und Fuge d-moll, BWV875 3'27
11 Praeludium VI 1'34
12 Fuge VI a 3 voci 1'53
 
  Praeludium und Fuge Es-Dur, BWV876 5'40
13 Praeludium VII 3'27
14 Fuge VII a 4 voci 2'13
 
  Praeludium und Fuge es-moll, BWV877 7'04
15 Praeludium VIII 3'52
16 Fuge VIII a 4 voci 3'12
 
  Praeludium und Fuge E-Dur, BWV878 9'18
17 Praeludium IX 6'17
18 Fuge IX a 4 voci 3'01
 
  Praeludium und Fuge e-moll, BWV879 6'41
19 Praeludium X 3'43
20 Fuge X a 3 voci 2'58
 
  Praeludium und Fuge F-Dur, BWV880 5'47
21 Praeludium XI 4'04
22 Fuge XI a 3 voci 1'43
 
  Praeludium und Fuge f-moll, BWV881 7'34
23 Praeludium XII 5'08
24 Fuge XII a 3 voci 2'26
 
  Praeludium und Fuge Fis-Dur, BWV882 6'03
25 Praeludium XIII 3'02
26 Fuge XIII a 3 voci 3'01
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Praeludium und Fuge fis-moll, BWV883 8'12
01 Praeludium XIV 3'12
02 Fuge XIV a 3 voci 5'00
 
  Praeludium und Fuge G-Dur, BWV884 3'30
03 Praeludium XV 2'21
04 Fuge XV a 3 voci 1'09
 
  Praeludium und Fuge g-moll, BWV885 6'06
05 Praeludium XVI 2'58
06 Fuge XVI a 4 voci 3'08
 
  Praeludium und Fuge As-Dur, BWV886 6'52
07 Praeludium XVII 4'20
08 Fuge XVII a 4 voci 2'32
 
  Praeludium und Fuge as-moll, BWV887 9'25
09 Praeludium XVIII 4'23
10 Fuge XVIII a 3 voci 5'02
 
  Praeludium und Fuge A-Dur, BWV888 3'42
11 Praeludium XIX 2'15
12 Fuge XIX a 3 voci 1'27
 
  Praeludium und Fuge a-moll, BWV889 7'54
13 Praeludium XX 6'00
14 Fuge XX a 3 voci 1'54
 
  Praeludium und Fuge B-Dur, BWV890 12'44
15 Praeludium XXI 9'54
16 Fuge XXI a 3 voci 2'50
 
  Praeludium und Fuge b-moll, BWV891 8'23
17 Praeludium XXII 3'11
18 Fuge XXII a 4 voci 5'12
 
  Praeludium und Fuge H-Dur, BWV892 5'34
19 Praeludium XXIII 1'45
20 Fuge XXIII a 4 voci 3'49
 
  Praeludium und Fuge h-moll, BWV893 4'15
21 Praeludium XXIV 2'20
22 Fuge XXIV a 3 voci 1'55
 
  Album total 160'24
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masaaki

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