Well-tempered clavier

by Chris Bertram on May 25, 2004

Tim Smith’s and David Korevaar’s page on “Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier”:http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/wtc.html is one of the best things I’ve seen on the web in a long time. Click on the links and you get music, analysis, history and fantastic graphics. (via “Michael Brooke”:http://www.michaelbrooke.com/2004/05/breathtaking-bach.html )



fyreflye 05.25.04 at 3:55 pm

Thanks for this link from a longtime WTC fan. I suppose we could turn this post into a lengthy thread if there were enough CT readers interested in the harpsichord vs. piano issue, or who want to tout their favorite recording of the piece. My vote’s for Feinberg on piano, with Richter, Demus and Schepkin as runners up.


Motoko Kusanagi 05.25.04 at 4:13 pm

1. Sviatoslav Richter
2. Rosalyn Tureck (DG rather than BBC)
3. Glenn Gould
4. Edwin Fischer


Sebastian Holsclaw 05.25.04 at 5:07 pm

I always loved the WTC, though I prefer Kunst der Fugue.


PK 05.25.04 at 5:16 pm

OK, WTC fans: Can you recommend a great recording actually performed on a well-tempered instrument? Everyone seems to use plain old modern equal temperament, but much of the point of the Bach’s composition here is dealing with the constraints of the differences between the various keys that just don’t show up with equal temperament.


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