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Bach,J.S: Well-Tempered Clavier (Complete)

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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Product Dimensions : 12.6 x 14.2 x 2.79 cm; 142.03 Grams
  • Manufacturer : RCA IMPORT
  • Manufacturer reference : 035626094928
  • Original Release Date : 2001
  • SPARS Code : ADD
  • Label : RCA IMPORT
  • ASIN : B000026OHN
  • Number of discs : 4
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 223 ratings

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Russian pianist Sviatoslov Richter's performance of one of Western civilizations greatest musical Works is no less astounding today that it was when it was first released. Even more amazing is the fact that Richter learned the second book of this musical collection by heart in only one month! His renderings are true to the pieces as they were originally written, before Glenn Gould revolutionized the way they would be played.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flowing, organic, irresistible, greatest of all
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to the ridiculous is but one step - Bonaparte
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to the ridiculous is but one step - Bonaparte
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020
Richter's performance of Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues are sublime, it goes without saying. Most negative comments are directed against the ridiculous sound quality. To be fair to RCA and Melodiya, everything that went wrong was none of their fault really. The piano used was not the usual Steinway but a Bosendorfer, the Rolls Royce of pianos made in, of course, Austria. It has an unusual sound. Richter famously preferred the Bosendorfer over Steinways, and, surprisingly, he was also a staunch fan of Yamaha. Ironically, Yamaha, a best selling piano especially among children learning the piano, bought the Bosendorfer factory. Hence, if the sound in this recording sounds somewhat like a Yamaha, you know why. To someone with perfect pitch, it upsets me that he had the piano tuned a semitone sharper. Then, Richter wanted the microphones to be placed out of sight. That is why the piano sounded so distant, with a lot of reverberations. I recently upgraded my hifi and I can say that the piano image is quite solid, about 10 yards behind the speakers. Those who are used to recordings of the piano where the microphone is placed about 10 inches from the strings would find this recording terribly unfocused. Moreover, the venue was not a studio but the Klessheim Castle (Schloss) in Salzburg. Hitler used it to meet Mussolini and was nearly assassinated there. President Nixon also visited it. As you can see in the accompanying picture, this elegant and historical palace has now been turned into a casino. How ridiculous!
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Destiny Clemens
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bargain at little over £10 and surely the no
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2016
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Colin Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars J S Bach Should Hear This.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 February 2016
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A. F. B. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars i love his playing and the sound of his piano
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2014
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