J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Individual Works:Praeludien und Fugen 1-24
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:77012-2-RG
Year Released/Recorded:Recorded: 1967
This re-issue: 1989
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 63:22
cd 2: 72:40
Comments:Jan Hanford:

This recording was recorded before Book 1, so the sound is different and little clangy and resonant. But Leonhardt's playing is worth it. His tempos are excellent (slower than typically), and his use of a variety of the stops on the harpsichord is delightful. I can see why his is a performance by which others are measured. Very highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/24/2002