Bach,J.S: Well-Tempered Clavier (Complete)
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Audio CD, Audiobook, Box set, 6 November 2001
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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
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Jando's set is correct and emotionally restrained (on Naxos). It is well worth a listen, but maybe not the best set.
Andras Schiff's renowned set is brilliant if you want to study these pieces, clear, intelligent, well-performed, idiomatic.
Richter however brings all that, plus the feeling, the depth, an immediate sense that 'this is right' for each piece and its the mood and character; much as the Chopin etudes need a masterful performer to bring the light onto each piece and differentiate one set of flashing, arpeggiated notes from the other.
While the Schiff set is a benchmark, with jewel-like recording quality, and of very high value: for enjoyment, listeners will probably find they could play one disc, after another, after another, after another, of the Richter set. Flowing, river-like, fulfilling, performances of this packed treasure chest of Western art.
To choose: Schiff for perfection, but: Richter, for enjoyment. If you only had to listen to one set before the end of the world, it will be Richter's.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020