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The Well-Tempered Clavier played in Thomas Young's Termperament of 1799

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Frank French
Instrumentation:Piano
Individual Works:IndividualWorks: Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 1 in C Major BVW 846
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 2 in C minor BVW 847
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in C sharp Major BVW 848
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 4 in C sharp minor BVW 849
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 5 in D Major BVW 850
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 6 in D minor BVW 851
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 7 in E flat Major BVW 852
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 8 in E flat minor BVW 853
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 9 in E Major BVW 854
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 10 in E minor BVW 855
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 11 in F Major BVW 856
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 12 in F minor BVW 857
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 P relude and Fugue no. 13 in F sharp Major BVW 858
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 14 in F sharp minor BVW 859
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G Major BVW 860
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 16 in G minor BVW 861
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 17 in A flat Major BVW 862
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 18 in g sharp minor BVW 863
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 19 in A Major BVW 864
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 20 in A minor BVW 865
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 21 in B flat Major BVW 866
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 22 in B flat minor BVW 867
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 23 in B Major BVW 868
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 Prelude and Fugue no. 24 in B minor BVW 869

Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 1 in C Major BVW 870
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 2 in C minor BVW 871
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in C sharp Major BVW 872
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 4 in C sharp minor BVW 873
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 5 in D Major BVW 874
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 6 in D minor BVW 875
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 7 in E flat Major BVW 876
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 8 in D sharp minor BVW 877
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 9 in E Major BVW 878
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 10 in E minor BVW 879
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 11 in F Major BVW 880
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 12 in F minor BVW 881
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 13 in F sharp Major BVW 882
Well-Tempered Cla vier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 14 in F sharp minor BVW 883
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G Major BVW 884
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 16 in G minor BVW 885
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 17 in A flat Major BVW 886
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 18 in g sharp minor BVW 887
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 19 in A Major BVW 888
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 20 in A minor BVW 889
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 21 in B flat Major BVW 890
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 22 in B flat minor BVW 891
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 23 in B Major BVW 892
Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 2 Prelude and Fugue no. 24 in B minor BVW 893






Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:alpenglo
Catalog Number:1001-1004
Year Released/Recorded:2005
Total Playing Time:4 hrs. 11 min. 21 sec
Comments:Frank French said:

For the first time the Well-Tempered Clavier can be heard in the explicitly-stated, 18th Century well temperament that allows the characteristic of each major and minor key to emerge as intended during the time of the composer. A subtle but certain difference is apparent when this music is played in this authentic tuning.

This four-CD set contains more than four hours of music with liner notes on the history and development of tuning keyboard instruments by Owen Jorgensen with French, Spanish and German language texts. This production, more than two years in the making, was expertly recorded using a Boesendorfer 225 concert piano.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Frank French
Date First Submitted:04/21/2007
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