J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Samuel Feinberg
Individual Works:Complete Preludes and Fugues from both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier.
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Arlecchino
Catalog Number:ARL17-19
Year Released/Recorded:1930's
Total Playing Time:222 min
Comments:An old monoral recording, but the sound is very clear and enjoyable, to say the least. The late Russian pianinst is the second (first is Edwin Fisher) to record the entire piece. Some of the preludes and fuges contain astonishingly vivid moments, which I think exceed those in performances of Gould, Gulda or Richter's. The book 2 is much better.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Masa-aki Muramatsu
Date First Submitted:01/05/1997