J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Friedrich Gulda
Individual Works:Book 1:

24 Preludes and Fugues, BWV 846 - 869

Book 2:

24 Preludes and Fugues, BWV 870 - 893

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:446 545-2 & 446 548-2
Year Released/Recorded:1972
Total Playing Time:Two sets of two CDs. Bk I, 2.04' 12". Bk II, 2.32' 13"
Comments:Bob Gonzalez said:

I found Gulda's hand precise and full of feeling, neither too "mechanical" nor too romantic. This is the natural compliment to his recording of Book I. It gives a sense of Bach's entire design at composition. A 2-CD set for the price of one. Great listening fare for those who seek composition instrruction. The sequence is prelude then fugue through 24 different keys.

Ehud Shiloni said:

An acceptable second choice after Gould. I personally listen to gould at home and to gulda at the office ( when staying late ).

Hieu Tran said:

Very fine piano interpretations. This set is probably one of the better renderings of both books out there. Gulda manages to use dynamics to emphasize the mood and spirit of each piece, yet, he doesn't lose the harpsichord feeling within each piece.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Bob Gonzalez
  • Ehud Shiloni
  • Hieu Tran
Date First Submitted:01/03/1998