J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wanda Landowska
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Book 1: 24 Preludes and Fugues, BWV 846 - BWV 869/a> -
Book2 : 24 Preludes and Fugues,
BWV 870 - BWV 893 -
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:RCA Red Seal
Catalog Number:RCA Gold Seal GD87825(3) (3CDs)
Year Released/Recorded:1948-1954
Comments:I think that would be important to mention these historical recordings, though the poor quality of their sound. Ms. Landowska was one of the pioneers of the interpretation of the barouque music, and if we know about Bach and their contemporaries this is because the many concerts she gave during her life. I don't know if this recording is "the best recording ever made" (the Preludio no.1 from the Book I is very impressive to me when played by Glenn Gould, for example), but it's ever a pleasure hear recordings that survived the decades.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Paulo Afonso Graner Fessel
Date First Submitted:12/28/1995