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Johann Sebastian Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

András Schiff

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Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869  
1
Präludium C-Dur, BWV 846
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:48
2
Fuge C-Dur, BWV 846
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:54
3
Präludium c-Moll, BWV 847
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:35
4
Fuge c-Moll, BWV 847
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:35
5
Präludium Cis-Dur, BWV 848
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:21
6
Fuge Cis-Dur, BWV 848
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:25
7
Präludium cis-Moll, BWV 849
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:19
8
Fuge cis-Moll, BWV 849
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:01
9
Präludium D-Dur, BWV 850
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:16
10
Fuge D-Dur, BWV 850
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:42
11
Präludium d-Moll, BWV 851
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:09
12
Fuge d-Moll, BWV 851
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:24
13
Präludium Es-Dur, BWV 852
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:43
14
Fuge Es-Dur, BWV 852
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:31
15
Präludium es-Moll/dis-Moll, BWV 853
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:25
16
Fuge es-Moll/dis-Moll, BWV 853
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:33
17
Präludium E-Dur, BWV 854
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:19
18
Fuge E-Dur, BWV 854
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:06
19
Präludium e-Moll, BWV 855
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:15
20
Fuge e-Moll, BWV 855
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:04
21
Präludium F-Dur, BWV 856
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
0:56
22
Fuge F-Dur, BWV 856
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:18
23
Präludium f-Moll, BWV 857
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:59
24
Fuge f-Moll, BWV 857
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:18
25
Präludium Fis-Dur, BWV 858
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:34
26
Fuge Fis-Dur, BWV 858
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:59
27
Präludium fis-Moll, BWV 859
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
0:55
28
Fuge fis-Moll, BWV 859
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:00
29
Präludium G-Dur, BWV 860
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
0:51
30
Fuge G-Dur, BWV 860
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:54
31
Präludium g-Moll, BWV 861
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:04
32
Fuge g-Moll, BWV 861
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:28
33
Präludium As-Dur, BWV 862
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:15
34
Fuge As-Dur, BWV 862
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:16
35
Präludium gis-Moll, BWV 863
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:32
36
Fuge gis-Moll, BWV 863
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:11
37
Präludium A-Dur, BWV 864
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:14
38
Fuge A-Dur, BWV 864
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:19
39
Präludium a-Moll, BWV 865
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
0:57
40
Fuge a-Moll, BWV 865
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:04
41
Präludium B-Dur, BWV 866
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:14
42
Fuge B-Dur, BWV 866
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:39
43
Präludium b-Moll, BWV 867
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:35
44
Fuge b-Moll, BWV 867
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:52
45
Präludium H-Dur, BWV 868
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
0:57
46
Fuge H-Dur, BWV 868
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:18
47
Präludium h-Moll, BWV 869
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:36
48
Fuge h-Moll, BWV 869
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
6:50
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893  
49
Präludium C-Dur, BWV 870
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:28
50
Fuge C-Dur, BWV 870
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:33
51
Präludium c-Moll, BWV 871
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:35
52
Fuge c-Moll, BWV 871
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:10
53
Präludium Cis-Dur, BWV 872
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:52
54
Fuge Cis-Dur, BWV 872
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:03
55
Präludium cis-Moll, BWV 873
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:42
56
Fuge cis-Moll, BWV 873
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:16
57
Präludium D-Dur, BWV 874
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:55
58
Fuge D-Dur, BWV 874
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:58
59
Präludium d-Moll, BWV 875
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:34
60
Fuge d-Moll, BWV 875
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:11
61
Präludium Es-Dur, BWV 876
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:30
62
Fuge Es-Dur, BWV 876
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:43
63
Präludium dis-Moll, BWV 877
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:43
64
Fuge dis-Moll, BWV 877
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:41
65
Präludium E-Dur, BWV 878
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:19
66
Fuge E-Dur, BWV 878
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:07
67
Präludium e-Moll, BWV 879
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:09
68
Fuge e-Moll, BWV 879
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:40
69
Präludium F-Dur, BWV 880
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:19
70
Fuge F-Dur, BWV 880
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:46
71
Präludium f-Moll, BWV 881
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:08
72
Fuge f-Moll, BWV 881
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:46
73
Präludium Fis-Dur, BWV 882
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:58
74
Fuge Fis-Dur, BWV 882
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:18
75
Präludium fis-Moll, BWV 883
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:04
76
Fuge fis-Moll, BWV 883
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:16
77
Präludium G-Dur, BWV 884
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:22
78
Fuge G-Dur, BWV 884
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:22
79
Präludium g-Moll, BWV 885
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:39
80
Fuge g-Moll, BWV 885
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:47
81
Präludium As-Dur, BWV 886
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:19
82
Fuge As-Dur, BWV 886
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:28
83
Präludium gis-Moll, BWV 887
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:47
84
Fuge gis-Moll, BWV 887
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
5:34
85
Präludium A-Dur, BWV 888
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:41
86
Fuge A-Dur, BWV 888
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:10
87
Präludium a-Moll, BWV 889
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
5:40
88
Fuge a-Moll, BWV 889
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:43
89
Präludium B-Dur, BWV 890
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
7:19
90
Fuge B-Dur, BWV 890
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:09
91
Präludium b-Moll, BWV 891
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:39
92
Fuge b-Moll, BWV 891
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:38
93
Präludium H-Dur, BWV 892
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:57
94
Fuge H-Dur, BWV 892
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:24
95
Präludium h-Moll, BWV 893
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:52
96
Fuge h-Moll, BWV 893
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:41
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    4:04:25
"... aroused great expectations, which happily, were not disappointed ... of the many available piano versions, Schiff’s is definitely a top choice. Strongly recommended."
- Fanfare

An iconic inspiration for composers from Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin and Brahms and beyond, Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier has long been considered the Old Testament of the keyboard literature. András Schiff has already recorded the 48 preludes and fugues that make up the work once previously, in the 1980s, and he revisits with a new sense of maturity on this 2012 studio release, recorded in Lugano, Switzerland on Schiff’s own Steinway piano, beautifully capturing a masterful player on his instrument of choice.

"Great music is far greater than its performers. We try our entire lives to unveil its secrets and to convey its unique message. Even if we never quite reach the imaginary goal, our many performances give us experience and knowledge that were hidden from us years ago. We form a better understanding of its structure and inner workings. Horizons broaden before our eyes."
- András Schiff
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded August 2011 at Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano
Tonmeister: Stephan Schellmann
Cover: Jan Jedli∫ka
Photos: Nadia F. Romanini,
Regine Lienhard (19)
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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