J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gary Cooper
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Preludes and Fugues 1-24
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Asv Gaudeamus
Catalog Number:251
Comments:Christopher Leggette said:

A transcendental performance; Cooper is a real find (I dug him out of a close-out bin in a Greenwich Village record shop); his touch is precise yet lyrical, his approach winged, his sound crystalline; and this recording is currently my favorite WTC; it is, of course, always a pleasure to dip in and out of different recordings (Edwin Fischer, Andras Schiff, Robert Levin); but Cooper is special.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Christopher Leggette
Date First Submitted:05/16/2003