J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier - Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier - Das Wohltemperierte Clavier
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 93892
EAN code 5028421938929
Release May 2009

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Hans von Bulow called Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier ‘The Old Testament’ of music – Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas being the so called ‘New Testament. Bach’s set of 48 preludes and matching fugues is the ultimate in keyboard instruction. Intended for his son Wilhelm Friedemann, they consist of one prelude and fugue in each of the twelve major and minor keys, arranged in chromatic order. Bach used not only the ‘48’ for teaching purposes, but also his French and English Suites as well. According to one of his pupils, Bach would set them to work on the Inventions first, followed by the Suites, and if the great man didn’t feel like teaching, he’d sit at the keyboard and play from the preludes and fugues ‘and thus turned these hours into minutes’ according to pupil Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber. These works became the essential study for all the great pianists – starting with Bach’s sons, through Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and all the pupils of these great composer pianists.
Daniel Barenboim has said of the ‘48’ ‘The chromatiscism in the C sharp minor prelude from Book 1 brings Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde to mind. Or the fugue in E flat, which could be straight out of a symphony by Bruckner. In other words, The Well Tempered Clavier is not only the sum of everything that has preceded it, but it also points the way ahead. In European music there are very few composers whose work that applies. This is one of the main reasons for the towering stature of Bach’s music.’

Other information:
- Recorded in 2008.
- Harpsichords by Bruce Kennedy after Mietke (Book 1) and by Cornelius Bom after Ruckers (Book 2).
- Pieter-Jan Belder studied with Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatorium. He has worked with Franz Bruggen, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe and Rene Jacobs. He has recorded 10 CDs as part of Brilliant Classics’ Bach Edition, and has recorded all the Scarlatti sonatas.
- Comprehensive booklet essay included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: I. Prelude
  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: II. Fugue
  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847: I. Prelude
  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847: II. Fugue
  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848: I. Prelude
  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848: II. Fugue
  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849: I. Prelude
  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849: II. Fugue
  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850: I. Prelude
  10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850: II. Fugue
  11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851: I. Prelude
  12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851: II. Fugue
  13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852: I. Prelude
  14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852: II. Fugue
  15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853: I. Prelude
  16. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853: II. Fugue
  17. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: I. Prelude
  18. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: II. Fugue
  19. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855: I. Prelude
  20. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855: II. Fugue
  21. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856: I. Prelude
  22. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856: II. Fugue
  23. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857: I. Prelude
  24. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857: II. Fugue

Disk 2

  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858: I. Prelude
  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858: II. Fugue
  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859: I. Prelude
  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859: II. Fugue
  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860: I. Prelude
  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860: II. Fugue
  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861: I. Prelude
  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861: II. Fugue
  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV862: I. Prelude
  10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV862: II. Fugue
  11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863: I. Prelude
  12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863: II. Fugue
  13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A, BWV 864: I. Prelude
  14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A, BWV 864: II. Fugue
  15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865: I. Prelude
  16. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865: II. Fugue
  17. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866: I. Prelude
  18. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866: II. Fugue
  19. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867: I. Prelude
  20. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867: II. Fugue
  21. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868: I. Prelude
  22. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868: II. Fugue
  23. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869: I. Prelude
  24. Das wohltemperierte Klavier I, Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869: II. Fugue

Disk 3

  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870: I. Prelude
  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870: II. Fugue
  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 871: I. Prelude
  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 871: II. Fugue
  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 872: I. Prelude
  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 872: II. Fugue
  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 873: I. Prelude
  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 873: II. Fugue
  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874: I. Prelude
  10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874: II. Fugue
  11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 875: I. Prelude
  12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 875: II. Fugue
  13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 876: I. Prelude
  14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 876: II. Fugue
  15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 877: I. Prelude
  16. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 877: II. Fugue
  17. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878: I. Prelude
  18. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878: II. Fugue
  19. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 879: I. Prelude
  20. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 879: II. Fugue
  21. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880: I. Prelude
  22. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880: II. Fugue
  23. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881: I. Prelude
  24. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881: II. Fugue

Disk 4

  1. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 882: I. Prelude
  2. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 882: II. Fugue
  3. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 883: I. Prelude
  4. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 883: II. Fugue
  5. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884: I. Prelude
  6. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884: II. Fugue
  7. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885: I. Prelude
  8. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885: II. Fugue
  9. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 886: I. Prelude
  10. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 886: II. Fugue
  11. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 887: I. Prelude
  12. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 887: II. Fugue
  13. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A, BWV 888: I. Prelude
  14. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A, BWV 888: II. Fugue
  15. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889: I. Prelude
  16. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889: II. Fugue
  17. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 890: I. Prelude
  18. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 890: II. Fugue
  19. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891: I. Prelude
  20. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891: II. Fugue
  21. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892: I. Prelude
  22. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892: II. Fugue
  23. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893: I. Prelude
  24. Das wohltemperierte Klavier II, Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893: II. Fugue