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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    He uses Bradley Lehman's recently discovered (2002) "Bach" well-tempered tuning.
    "Discovered" is a strong term...


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    The first WTK I brought was Glenn Gould. The playing at its best is utterly brilliant and he understood and played Bach's counterpoint probably more than anyone. There are irritations of interpretation but must be taken in context with the sheer virtuosity of the whole. At its best it is unbeatable. By the way it is also available now at a very reasonable price. Well worth getting.

    Angela Hewitt Is a welcome antidote to Gould. I have her first set which is full of very beautiful playing. It is not sheerly so exciting as Gould but it is nevertheless very satisfying and it is without the sometimes tiresome eccentricities.

    I have recently brought Richter which comes somewhere in between the two. I have not listened to it enough really to give you my expressions but the playing is formidable.

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    I'd recommend Richter. As someone here mentioned earlier in the thread the recording is of poor quality. I imagine old Sovjet tapereels that appear to be handcranked. And still a joy to listen to !!

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    Rosalyn Tureck if you want something completely different!
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    Of those WTC's I've heard, I prefer Bach's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Love this music. Best ones out there? Piano versions. Thanks
    The Best Tempered Clavier is quite good and slightly better known than his Ill Tempered Clavichord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravndal View Post
    Rosalyn Tureck if you want something completely different!
    But what about her clavicle ?
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    What about her clavicle?
    Last edited by Ravndal; Oct-20-2013 at 15:42.
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    Listening to the opening prelude and fugue by numerous pianists, and everyone plays differently. Fast, slow, staccato, legato. I like Ms. Tureck. She puts some oomph into this music. Keeps things from getting dull and monotonous. And I like her tempos and articulation. Just right!

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    Favorite piano set is Tureck. Other exceptional piano versions come from Koroliov, Crossland, Schiff (ECM), Gould, Gulda, Vieru, Woodward, Fellner and Schepkin.

    Favorite harpsichord set is Wilson. Other great versions are Leonhardt, van Asperen, Gilbert, Moroney, Watchorn, Belder, Suzuki and Pechefsky.

    I've likely missed a few.

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    Over three years later, and I still haven't decided on a recording. But I like Gustav Leonhardt, and Luc Beausejour on harpsichord, and Edwin Fischer, and Schiff's recordings on ECM. Many musicians play too slow, and Aimard, and Hewitt play like they're in a nursery lulling infants to sleep. I don't understand the velvety sound and untra soft touch? This is baroque keyboard music.

    Edwin Fischer plays the best, but I don't care for old, musty recordings. Schiff sounds similar to Fischer, but in great sound. Bob Van Asperen, and Pieter-Jan Belder have the best sounding harpsichords, but play a little too slow. So I'm going with Beausejour on harpsichord, and Schiff on piano. And will probably get the Gould too, even if Glenn is a bit rudimentary sounding on the opening prelude.
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    Sviatoslav Richter on RCA will always be my favourite.

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    International Piano Quarterly did a comprehensive survey of the WTC a while ago, and ended up preferring Demus -- but not his Westminster / MCA recording (though it found that excellent too), but a remake on Intercord LP IIRC. I've never found it.

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    Best piano version for me is Samuel Feinberg, hard to find but Pristine XR has best sound when website is back up




    On Tidal they have this:

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Jan-28-2017 at 05:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Best piano version for me is Samuil Feinberg, hard to find but Pristine XR has best sound when website is back up

    Love the performance but don't care for Pristine's mastering at all. Mandryka, on this forum, sent me a much better mastering. For that matter I prefer the mastering (or maybe it's one of the masterings) on Tidal.

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