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András Schiff|J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

András Schiff

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András Schiff recorded his first set of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier for London in the mid-1980s, but the passage of time, personal reflection, and improvements in digital recording have contributed to making his second recording of "The 48" a necessity, this time on ECM New Series. As eloquent as ever, and always meticulous in execution, Schiff plays the two books of preludes and fugues without use of the piano's pedals, so his touch and control are evident in every note and in the interplay of lines, which are cleanly separated. The transparent recording, which is de rigueur for ECM, is a great aid in conveying Schiff's scrupulous playing, so the music almost seems to exist in its own pristine, abstract realm, without the botherments of background noises or sounds of physical exertion. However, there is an ideal amount of resonance in the studio space that heightens the timbres of the piano without blurring the music, so Schiff doesn't perform in a vacuum. The earlier recordings garnered high praise from critics and Schiff's many admirers, so this exceptional presentation is sure to win him a new and well-deserved audience. Highly recommended.
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Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Präludium C-Dur, BWV 846
00:01:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

2
Fuge C-Dur, BWV 846
00:01:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

3
Präludium c-Moll, BWV 847
00:01:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

4
Fuge c-Moll, BWV 847
00:01:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

5
Präludium Cis-Dur, BWV 848
00:01:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

6
Fuge Cis-Dur, BWV 848
00:02:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

7
Präludium cis-Moll, BWV 849
00:02:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

8
Fuge cis-Moll, BWV 849
00:04:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

9
Präludium D-Dur, BWV 850
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

10
Fuge D-Dur, BWV 850
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

11
Präludium d-Moll, BWV 851
00:02:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

12
Fuge d-Moll, BWV 851
00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

13
Präludium Es-Dur, BWV 852
00:03:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

14
Fuge Es-Dur, BWV 852
00:01:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

15
Präludium es-Moll/dis-Moll, BWV 853
00:03:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

16
Fuge es-Moll/dis-Moll, BWV 853
00:04:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

17
Präludium E-Dur, BWV 854
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

18
Fuge E-Dur, BWV 854
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

19
Präludium e-Moll, BWV 855
00:02:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

20
Fuge e-Moll, BWV 855
00:01:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

21
Präludium F-Dur, BWV 856
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

22
Fuge F-Dur, BWV 856
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

23
Präludium f-Moll, BWV 857
00:01:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

24
Fuge f-Moll, BWV 857
00:04:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

25
Präludium Fis-Dur, BWV 858
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

26
Fuge Fis-Dur, BWV 858
00:01:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

27
Präludium fis-Moll, BWV 859
00:00:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

28
Fuge fis-Moll, BWV 859
00:02:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

29
Präludium G-Dur, BWV 860
00:00:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

30
Fuge G-Dur, BWV 860
00:02:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

31
Präludium g-Moll, BWV 861
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

32
Fuge g-Moll, BWV 861
00:01:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

33
Präludium As-Dur, BWV 862
00:01:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

34
Fuge As-Dur, BWV 862
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

35
Präludium gis-Moll, BWV 863
00:01:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

36
Fuge gis-Moll, BWV 863
00:02:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

37
Präludium A-Dur, BWV 864
00:01:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

38
Fuge A-Dur, BWV 864
00:02:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

39
Präludium a-Moll, BWV 865
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

40
Fuge a-Moll, BWV 865
00:04:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

41
Präludium B-Dur, BWV 866
00:01:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

42
Fuge B-Dur, BWV 866
00:01:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

43
Präludium b-Moll, BWV 867
00:02:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

44
Fuge b-Moll, BWV 867
00:02:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

45
Präludium H-Dur, BWV 868
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

46
Fuge H-Dur, BWV 868
00:02:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

47
Präludium h-Moll, BWV 869
00:04:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

48
Fuge h-Moll, BWV 869
00:06:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

49
Präludium C-Dur, BWV 870
00:02:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

50
Fuge C-Dur, BWV 870
00:01:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

András Schiff recorded his first set of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier for London in the mid-1980s, but the passage of time, personal reflection, and improvements in digital recording have contributed to making his second recording of "The 48" a necessity, this time on ECM New Series. As eloquent as ever, and always meticulous in execution, Schiff plays the two books of preludes and fugues without use of the piano's pedals, so his touch and control are evident in every note and in the interplay of lines, which are cleanly separated. The transparent recording, which is de rigueur for ECM, is a great aid in conveying Schiff's scrupulous playing, so the music almost seems to exist in its own pristine, abstract realm, without the botherments of background noises or sounds of physical exertion. However, there is an ideal amount of resonance in the studio space that heightens the timbres of the piano without blurring the music, so Schiff doesn't perform in a vacuum. The earlier recordings garnered high praise from critics and Schiff's many admirers, so this exceptional presentation is sure to win him a new and well-deserved audience. Highly recommended.
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