Wednesday, October 13, 2010

J.S. Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier. Book II - Ottavio Dantone [harpsichord] (2001) 2CD


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    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent recordingDecember 7, 2003
    By esseyo (Jersey City, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
    This review is from: Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Teil II (Audio CD)
    I have been highly anticipating the release of this recording in the US. Having heard a number of harpsichord WTC recordings of which all were unsatisfying due to poor choice of instrument, indulgent tempos, or agonizingly dry playing, I was thinking I would never find a great harpsichord WTC recording. Dantone's recording is a great harpsichord recording that will stand the test of time. The preludes are played superbly with well placed and well choosen ornaments, rubato, and sighs. The tempo of the fugues avoid extremes and are very satisfyingly played. Some such as the g minor fugue is played much more satisfyingly than Gould though on a couple of fugues Gould's piano has the advantage.The harpsichord sounds fantastic with a tempered treble and resonant bass. It is based on a Blanchet harpsichord and tuned to Kirnberger A=415 Hz. I feel the tuning adds something extra to the recording. Very highly recommended
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    The "Old Testament of Music" - Bach's Well Tempered Clavier - is authentically performed by one of the leading Italian harpsichord and continuo players.
    Ottavio Dantone is playing two-keyboard harpsichord which is a copy of one built by Blanchet (France) in 1733.
    This is the first recording of this monumental double cyclus of 48 preludes and fugues in audiophile 24 bit/96 kHz-technology. 

    CD1:
    01. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 870 05:01
    02. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 871 05:34
    03. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 872 04:00
    04. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 873 06:18
    05. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 874 06:43
    06. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 875 03:41
    07. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 876 04:36
    08. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 877 07:35
    09. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 878 06:47
    10. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 879 06:46
    11. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 880 05:15
    12. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 881 06:36

    CD2:
    01. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 882 05:52
    02. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 883 06:32
    03. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 884 04:15
    04. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 885 06:19
    05. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 886 07:29
    06. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 887 09:00
    07. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 888 03:33
    08. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 889 06:47
    09. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 890 08:33
    10. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 891 07:15
    11. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 892 06:37
    12. Praeludium & Fuga BWV 893 04:05


    Ottavio Dantone

    Ottavio Dantone

    Ottavio Dantone started his performing career whilst very young, continuously extending his knowledge of early music, and by this means succeeded in attracting attention as one of the most talented harpsichordists of his generation.





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