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Thread: Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier (The Well-Tempered Clavier), BWV 846-893

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    The ideal thing would be to look at the booklet to Guido de Neve and Frank Agsteribbe's recording of the violin sonatas, but it's not online, apart from this brief description, which does at least explain the affect associated with each key.
    https://www.etcetera-records.com/alb...nd-harpsichord
    It is, in my opinion, a very provocative, imaginative, bold and challenging set of performances. A genuine musical experiment.
    Thanks, Mandryka. I would like to clarify one thing. When I wrote in post #42, "I don't know the differences between well tempered (Bach's) and equal tempered (modern) tuning ... " I meant I don't know enough details to critique the idea that keys in different tunings cause different feelings in the listener. I do understand the concepts of mean-tone, well-tempered, and equal temperament, which incidentally are summarized in the useful Jan Swafford article linked in science's post #26.

    Thanks also for linking your booklet on Bach's violin sonatas. And your remarks on different historically informed performances of the WTC are very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    This is one of Bach's best-known works, and wikipedia has an excellent article about it, including links to articles about several of the individual prelude and fugues.

    Well, what do you think? Do you love this work? If so, why?

    Feel free, of course, to promote your favorite recordings!
    Amongst the greatest music ever written. There's a reason it's known as "The Old Testament" for keyboard players. Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonata's are "The New Testament". The player who gets me closest to the truth is Richter. Always Richter.

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    I know Bach should not sound like Chopin - but my guilty pleasure is Barenboim on warner. Otherwise: Schiff, Gould and Fellner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    I know Bach should not sound like Chopin - but my guilty pleasure is Barenboim on warner. Otherwise: Schiff, Gould and Fellner.
    Try Samuil Feinberg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    I know Bach should not sound like Chopin - but my guilty pleasure is Barenboim on warner. Otherwise: Schiff, Gould and Fellner.
    Try a harpsichord version.

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