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    I’ve been enjoying Frédérick Haas’s new WTC 2.

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    I listened to Evgeni Koroliov's WTC recently with high expectations. Koroliov's Art of Fugue is impressive and my current reference. However his WTC is underwhelming to my ears. It lacks that energetic drive and inspiration that Gould has or the deep spirituality that Richter has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clairvoyance Enough View Post
    If you ever get tired of Gould but still want something Gouldy, then Gulda is good. It's very clear, precise, and sometimes quirky. I love his version of the 13th fugue in book 1.

    Thanks for this!

    Gulda is a great find in my search for a clear voiced interpretation as an alternative to Gould. Furthermore he tends to impart more expression in several pieces compared to Gould's occasionally too robotic rendition (eg WTC book 1: C major or D major preludes). I need to listen more to Gulda's recording to assess coherence that Gould and to a lesser extent Richter impart.

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    Interesting. Koroliov's WTC is one of my favorite versions, and I prefer it to his Art of Fugue by a small margin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    Interesting. Koroliov's WTC is one of my favorite versions, and I prefer it to his Art of Fugue by a small margin.
    I only listened to Koroliov's recording once and maybe he deserves a few more listens after I savour Gulda to the full. He certainly is in the same school of Gould, Tureck, Gulda and Schiff who refrain from pedal use that tends to smear the whole polyphonic structure.

    Hewitt is an example of the mess the pedal can impart on the fugues and to a lesser extent the preludes. Mushy romanticised sound that emphasises the right hand's melody at the expense of the contrapuntal structure. Easy listening for beginners but it gets tiring after some time.

    I haven't listened to the WTC for years as I am trying to finish off listening to the whole of Suzuki cantata cycle. I started the cycle 3 years ago or so and I am still at volume 45. :-) That said, it has been refreshing to relisten to my favourites WTC recordings these past few weeks.

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