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    My favorites are Schiff on Piano and Gilbert on harpsichord:




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    For Harpsicord complete both books I will go with Schornsheim playing 1624 Ruckers instrument




    Hantai has great book I but no follow up book II yet...........


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    Best new harpsicord entry for me is Celine Frisch who plays in a bolder more virtuoso style like Schornscheim and Hantai.......



    I was expecting to really like Christophe Rousset since his previous Bach all rank near the best for me but his WTC is strangely reserved and "tempered" from this artist, a bit of a mystery..........

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    I know this is an old topic, but I wonder if any new good recordings have come out?

    For some reason, I am not really satisfied with any WTC recordings that I've heard - I have tried all the above suggestions. I want a sound that is consistent with Igor Levit's Partitas and Goldberg Variations (both of which I think are perfect).

    I feel like there is still something off with every WTC recording that I have come across. I want something that is grounded yet light and crystal clear.
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    The newer Schiff WTC (mentioned on Jan 27) remains my favorite. Harpsichord lovers should look elsewhere, of course.


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    Edwin Fischer FTW. There are no eccentricities but every piece comes up new-minted. It's the kind of performance Dinu Lipatti might have given had he recorded this music, and for me there's no higher praise for a pianist than that.

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    On harpsichord only:

    Gustav Leonhardt, Kenneth Weiss and Luc Beauséjour.

    Good Luc! Come Bach and let me know how it's going.

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    I agree on Edwin Fischer FTW, but I have to say I got Samuel Feinberg based on recommendations in this thread and was blown away! His version surpasses even Richter and is right up there with Fischer. Those are the only two piano versions I need at the moment. Otherwise on harpsichord I like Landowska (phenomenal) and Gilbert. One more worth hearing is Helmut Walcha on DG Archiv which is regrettably impossible to find but available on YouTube.

    So my four preferred versions are:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The newer Schiff WTC (mentioned on Jan 27) remains my favorite. Harpsichord lovers should look elsewhere, of course.
    Yes, okay, I think Schiff's ECM record of the WTC is sufficiently good for now.

    Edit: actually I might take that back! He made a disturbing wrong note in WTC 1 Prelude 6 in d minor, second bar, 12th note on the RH, he played an F instead of a D, completely destroying the harmony.

    I checked his earlier recording with Decca, and indeed he played it correctly there. What a blunder, now the ECM recording is blemished.

    I recognised the wrong note immediately because I used to play this prelude every day.
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    I have two recordings:

    Pierre Hantai / Mirare
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    Ottavio Dantone / ARTS
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    Like everything else in music or art, there is no "best." However, my favorite version on piano is probably Edward Aldwell. Superb.
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    He's an extremely fine Bach player. I have his CD of the Art of Fugue and the French Overture.

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    Don't think this one has been mentioned. Picked it up for $2.50 US. Then read reviews on it. It's said to be an even handed , moderate approach with little to take issue about. Anyway, it's the only version I have heard and sounds good to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    Don't think this one has been mentioned. Picked it up for $2.50 US. Then read reviews on it. It's said to be an even handed , moderate approach with little to take issue about. Anyway, it's the only version I have heard and sounds good to me.
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    Roberts sound good to me also. My problem is that his interpretations are quite mainstream and harmless; there's little there to amaze me. However, it's a fantastic version while driving, and that's worth a lot to me.

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