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Benjamin Alard|Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 6 "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier"

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 6 "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier"

Benjamin Alard

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Gifted performer Benjamin Alard is fully immersed in the world of Johann Sebastian Bach, having recorded the composer’s complete works for solo keyboard (harpsichord, clavichord and organ) for the label Harmonia Mundi. This vast project, spanning ten years, challenges current knowledge and offers fresh perspectives, due to Alard’s refined interpretation, elevation of thought and the incorporation of a myriad of instruments from a variety of countries.

The publication of this sixth volume, devoted to the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, coincides with the 300th anniversary of the original publication of this monumental and didactic musical collection. After the first five volumes, covering Bach's apprenticeship years up to the so-called "Weimar" period, Benjamin Alard approaches the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, as always, in his own personal way.

Firstly, the Preludes and Fugues are arranged in a brand-new way. Two historic Hass instruments, a harpsichord and a clavichord create an array of colours and registers that are often surprising. It also features the largest harpsichord in the world at the time, with its three manuals and exceptional registers. Once owned by the famous Colombian harpsichordist Rafael Puyana, it’s now in a private collection. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Præludium 1 in C Major, BWV 846a
00:01:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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2
Fugue in C Major, BWV 953
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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3
Applicatio in C Major, BWV 994
00:00:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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4
Præambulum 1 in C Major, BWV 924
00:00:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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5
Præludium in C Major, BWV 924a
00:00:40

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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6
Præludium in C Major, BWV 933
00:01:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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7
Præludium 12 in F Minor, BWV 857
00:01:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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8
Præludium 11 in F Major, BWV 856
00:01:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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9
Præambulum in F Major, BWV 927
00:00:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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10
Præludium in F Major, BWV 928
00:01:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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11
Præludium 6 in D Minor, BWV 851
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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12
Præludium in D Minor, BWV 935
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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13
"Jesu meine Freude" in D Minor, BWV 753 (Chorale prelude)
00:01:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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14
Præludium 2 in D Minor, BWV 926
00:01:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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15
Præludium & Fughetta in D Minor, BWV 899
00:02:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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16
Præludium & Fughetta in G Major, BWV 902a & BWV 902a/2
00:02:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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17
Præambulum in G Minor, BWV 930
00:02:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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18
Præludium 10 in E Minor, BWV 855a
00:01:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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19
Fuga in E Minor, BWV 855a/2
00:01:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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20
Præludium in E Minor, BWV 938
00:02:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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21
Præludium in E Minor, BWV 932: Allegro
00:00:51

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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22
Præludium in E Major, BWV 937: Adagio
00:02:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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23
Præludium 9 in E Major, BWV 854: (Allegro)
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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24
Præludium 4 in C sharp Minor, BWV 849
00:02:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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25
Præludium 3 in C sharp Major, BWV 848
00:01:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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26
"Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten" in A Minor, BWV 691 (Chorale prelude)
00:01:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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27
Præludium 4 in D Major, BWV 850
00:00:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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28
Praeludium in D Major, BWV 925
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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29
Præludium in D Major, BWV 936
00:02:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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30
Allemande in G Minor, BWV 836
00:02:07

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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31
Præludium 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
00:02:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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32
Præludium 2 in C Minor, BWV 847a
00:01:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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33
Præludium in C Minor, BWV 934
00:02:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, MainArtist

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DISC 2

1
Præludium & Fuga in C Major, BWV 846
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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2
Præludium & Fuga XI in F Major, BWV 856
00:02:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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3
Præludium & Fuga VI in D Minor, BWV 851
00:03:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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4
Præludium & Fuga XV in G Major, BWV 860
00:04:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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5
Præludium & Fuga X in E Minor, BWV 855
00:03:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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6
Præludium & Fuga XIX in A Major, BWV 864
00:04:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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7
Præludium & Fuga XIV in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
00:04:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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8
Præludium & Fuga XXIII in B Major, BWV 868
00:03:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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9
Præludium & Fuga XVIII in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
00:04:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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10
Præludium & Fuga III in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
00:04:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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11
Præludium & Fuga XXII in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
00:05:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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12
Præludium & Fuga VII in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
00:06:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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DISC 3

1
Præludium & Fuga XX in A Minor, BWV 865
00:06:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

2
Præludium & Fuga V in D Major, BWV 850
00:03:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

3
Præludium & Fuga XXIV in B Minor, BWV 869
00:10:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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4
Præludium & Fuga IX in E Major, BWV 854
00:03:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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5
Præludium & Fuga IV in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
00:05:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

Album Description

Gifted performer Benjamin Alard is fully immersed in the world of Johann Sebastian Bach, having recorded the composer’s complete works for solo keyboard (harpsichord, clavichord and organ) for the label Harmonia Mundi. This vast project, spanning ten years, challenges current knowledge and offers fresh perspectives, due to Alard’s refined interpretation, elevation of thought and the incorporation of a myriad of instruments from a variety of countries.

The publication of this sixth volume, devoted to the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, coincides with the 300th anniversary of the original publication of this monumental and didactic musical collection. After the first five volumes, covering Bach's apprenticeship years up to the so-called "Weimar" period, Benjamin Alard approaches the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, as always, in his own personal way.

Firstly, the Preludes and Fugues are arranged in a brand-new way. Two historic Hass instruments, a harpsichord and a clavichord create an array of colours and registers that are often surprising. It also features the largest harpsichord in the world at the time, with its three manuals and exceptional registers. Once owned by the famous Colombian harpsichordist Rafael Puyana, it’s now in a private collection. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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