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Wilhelm Kempff

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There are few more sublime manifestations of the numinous in the mundane than Bach chorale prelude transcriptions sensitively played on the piano. Unfortunately, such things are now virtually forbidden by the authentic instrument law that does not permit Bach to be played on the piano, no matter how sensitively. In the past 20 years, there have been only two recordings of Bach chorale preludes: Murray Perahia's oh-so-sensitive performance and Paul Jacobs' just-the-facts performance. One has to reach further back than that to get good Bach. One has to go back to Wilhelm Kempff's magisterial 1975 recording transcriptions that he himself created to get good Bach back on the piano. On this album, Kempff plays eight chorale preludes plus a transcription of the flute Sicilliano and the Largo from the Harpsichord Concerto in F minor as well a Toccata and Fugue, an English Suite, a French Suite, the Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, and excerpts from the Well-Tempered Clavier. All of these other performances are intelligently interpreted and well played despite Kempff's 80 years. But the heart of the recital is Kempff's performance of his transcriptions. They are magnificent. All of the qualities Kempff brings to his other Bach performances are here, too, but infused with an emotional intimacy and a spiritual grandeur elevating them as prayer is above poetry. There are depths and heights in Kempff's playing that are more religious than musical, and a profundity of interpretation that is beyond the mundane and partakes of the celestial. Only his transcription of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is less than supreme, and that is only because here he is up against Dinu Lipatti's sublime performance. In every other performance and in every other way, this is one of the great Bach recitals.
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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Arranged For Piano By Wilhelm Kempff)
00:04:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

'Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit' BWV 307/734 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
J.S. Bach: "Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit" BWV 307/734 - Arranged by Wilhelm Kempff
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Sonata No.2 in E flat major, BWV 1031 - Arr. Wilhelm Kempff (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
Siciliano
00:03:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Befiehl du deine Wege, nach BWV 727 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
J.S. Bach: "Befiehl du deine Wege" (Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727, Arr. For Piano By Kempff)
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147 - Arr. for piano by Wilhelm Kempff (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
00:03:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 Anh.III 172 (von Johann Michael Bach) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6
J.S. Bach: In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 Anh.III 172 (von Johann Michael Bach) - Arranged by Wilhelm Kempff
00:02:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Cantate No.29 "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir", BWV 29 - Arranged by Wilhelm Kempff (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
Sinfonia
00:04:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Cantata, BWV 140 - Arr. for piano by Wilhelm Kempff (Johann Sebastian Bach)

8
Zion hört die Wächter singen
00:04:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - Arranged by Wilhelm Kempff (Johann Sebastian Bach)

9
Largo
00:03:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
J.S. Bach: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 - Arranged by Wilhelm Kempff
00:02:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer - Hans-Rudolf Mueller, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Arranged by Wilhelm Kempff (Christoph Willibald von Gluck)

11
La Plainte d'Orphée (Ballet)
00:03:03

Christoph Willibald Gluck, Composer - Raniero da Calzabigi, Author - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Ronde des esprits bienheureux
00:01:37

Christoph Willibald Gluck, Composer - Raniero da Calzabigi, Author - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
I. Prélude
00:03:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
II. Allemande
00:02:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
III. Courante
00:01:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Producer, Editor, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer, Editor, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

16
IV. Sarabande
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
IVb. Les agréments de la même Sarabande
00:02:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Producer, Editor, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer, Editor, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
VI. Gavotte I
00:01:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
VII. Gavotte II
00:00:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
VIII. Gavotte I da capo
00:00:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
IX. Gigue
00:02:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

22
I. Allemande
00:02:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
II. Courante
00:01:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
III. Sarabande
00:03:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
IV. Gavotte
00:01:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
V. Bourrée
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
VI. Loure
00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
VII. Gigue
00:03:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dr. Rudolf Werner, Producer, Executive Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 2

Prelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 4), BWV 849 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Prelude
00:02:47

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Fugue
00:04:41

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in E Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 9), BWV 854 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
Prelude
00:01:29

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Editor, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Fugue
00:01:27

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
Prelude
00:02:43

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude and Fugue in E minor (WTK, Book I, No. 10), BWV 855 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6
Fugue
00:01:20

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in F Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 11), BWV 856 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
Prelude
00:01:04

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Fugue
00:01:29

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude and Fugue in F Minor (WTK, Book I, No. 12), BWV 857 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

9
Prelude
00:01:51

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in F Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 12), BWV 857 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
Fugue
00:04:06

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 13), BWV 858 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

11
Prelude
00:01:15

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Fugue
00:02:06

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 14), BWV 859 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
Prelude
00:01:08

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Fugue
00:02:52

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, No. 3), BWV 872 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

15
Prelude
00:02:21

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Fugue
00:02:02

Cord Garben, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in D Minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, No. 6), BWV 875 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

17
Prelude
00:01:51

Cord Garben, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Fugue
00:01:46

Cord Garben, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, No. 7), BWV 876 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

19
Prelude
00:02:57

Cord Garben, Producer, Recording Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer, Executive Producer - Rainer Höpfner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
Prelude & Fugue in E Flat Major, BWV 876
00:01:57

Cord Garben, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Prelude & Fugue in G Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, No. 15), BWV 884 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

21
Prelude
00:03:19

Cord Garben, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
Fugue
00:01:36

Cord Garben, Producer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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There are few more sublime manifestations of the numinous in the mundane than Bach chorale prelude transcriptions sensitively played on the piano. Unfortunately, such things are now virtually forbidden by the authentic instrument law that does not permit Bach to be played on the piano, no matter how sensitively. In the past 20 years, there have been only two recordings of Bach chorale preludes: Murray Perahia's oh-so-sensitive performance and Paul Jacobs' just-the-facts performance. One has to reach further back than that to get good Bach. One has to go back to Wilhelm Kempff's magisterial 1975 recording transcriptions that he himself created to get good Bach back on the piano. On this album, Kempff plays eight chorale preludes plus a transcription of the flute Sicilliano and the Largo from the Harpsichord Concerto in F minor as well a Toccata and Fugue, an English Suite, a French Suite, the Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, and excerpts from the Well-Tempered Clavier. All of these other performances are intelligently interpreted and well played despite Kempff's 80 years. But the heart of the recital is Kempff's performance of his transcriptions. They are magnificent. All of the qualities Kempff brings to his other Bach performances are here, too, but infused with an emotional intimacy and a spiritual grandeur elevating them as prayer is above poetry. There are depths and heights in Kempff's playing that are more religious than musical, and a profundity of interpretation that is beyond the mundane and partakes of the celestial. Only his transcription of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is less than supreme, and that is only because here he is up against Dinu Lipatti's sublime performance. In every other performance and in every other way, this is one of the great Bach recitals.
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