J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Davitt Moroney
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:48 preludes and fugues
BWV 846 to BWV 893
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:901285.88
Year Released/Recorded:1988
re-released 1996
Total Playing Time:cd1: 59'27
cd2: 62'12
cd3: 74'34
cd4: 76'03
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

I only discovered Davitt Moroney recently and what a find he is. His playing is very clear and even the most difficult works sound effortless. The tempos are sometimes slow, making the counterpoint more accessible. The recorded sound is extraordinary; the harpsichord is recorded closely making it an intimate and pleasant recording. Of all the recordings of The Well-Tempered Clavier I own, this is my favorite.

Antony Skipper:

A companion to the Gilbert set.

Jaime Zavala B. said:

I strongly recommend this recording, I've heared a lot of versions on piano and harpsichord and I'm sure Davitt Moroney is very proud of his work. He can make us feel we're in the baroque period! Great performings on: BWV.847; BWV.850; BWV.858; BWV.866; BWV.874; BWV.883

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Antony Skipper
  • Jaime Zavala B.
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:09/04/1996