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JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier

 
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Internationally renowned organist Robert Costin performs JS Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier on the organ of Trinity College, Cambridge.


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Catalogue No: 5060192780697


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This is an absolutely outstanding set of records which should form part of the library of every enthusiast for Bach’s music. There have been recordings in the past of the ’48’ in which various single preludes and Fugues have been played on a variety of instruments, including organ, but offhand I cannot recall a complete ’48’ on disc played throughout on the organ. We may be sure that Bach himself did, at various points in his life, and perhaps not only at the Thomaskirche. Robert Costin, in this beautifully recorded series of performances, makes the strongest case for this imperishable masterpiece to be included as a totality within the organ repertoire … This is a wonderful set of records, a true achievement of the modern gramophone, and is most enthusiastically recommended. It has been a rare pleasure to review this release. ***** (The Organ)

This project has clearly been a labour of love for Robert Costin, and one admires his consistently excellent playing. Any new recording of the ’48’ for solo organ is to be welcomed, especially with an outstanding instrument. The three-manual, 42-stop Metzler organ of Trinity College, Cambridge, is magnificent; combining it with the chapel’s warm but clear acoustic provides the ideal venue for this repertoire … There are some wonderful colours on these CDs: the Vox Humana in Book 1’s E major Prelude and the Dulcian in Book 1’s B minor Prelude are delightful. Equally enjoyable is the telling use of the Pedal Posaune towards the end of some of the Book 2 fugues … Listening to these CDs has been an invigorating and stimulating experience. Above all, we can rejoice again in the glorious music springing from Bach’s compositional genius (Gramophone)

An intriguing aspect of J S Bach’s solo instrumental music is that much was written for an unspecified “keyboard”. Today, the keyboard of choice is generally the piano or harpsichord, or occasionally the clavichord. In a series produced by the enterprising Stone Records, Robert Costin interprets Bach’s greatest works on the organ. Following on from the Goldberg Variations and the Trio Sonatas, Stone Records has now released The Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC) in a four-disc set. Robert Costin’s instrument is the beautiful Metzler at Trinity College, Cambridge, built in 1975 but incorporating ranks of Father Smith pipes from 1694 and 1708. Organ versions of WTC are few and far between (those by Christoph Bossert, Frédéric Desenclos, and Bernard Lagacé are the only ones I’m aware of) so I listened to this with some interest. As usual, Costin plays accurately and with sensitivity, and his performance is beautifully recorded. The set is nicely packaged with informative booklet. Even if you’re sold on one of the classic piano interpretations, this version is well worth a listen. (The Organ Club Journal)

Track listing

  1. Prelude in C major, BWV 846
  2. Fugue in C major, BWV 846
  3. Prelude in C minor, BWV 847
  4. Fugue in C minor, BWV 847
  5. Prelude in C-sharp major, BWV 848
  6. Fugue in C-sharp major, BWV 848
  7. Prelude in C-sharp minor, BWV 849
  8. Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849
  9. Prelude in D major, BWV 850
  10. Fugue in D major, BWV 850
  11. Prelude in D minor, BWV 851
  12. Fugue in D minor, BWV 851
  13. Prelude in E-flat major, BWV 852
  14. Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 852
  15. Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853
  16. Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853
  17. Prelude in E major, BWV 854
  18. Fugue in E major, BWV 854
  19. Prelude in E minor, BWV 855
  20. Fugue in E minor, BWV 855
  21. Prelude in F major, BWV 856
  22. Fugue in F major, BWV 856
  23. Prelude in F minor, BWV 857
  24. Fugue in F minor, BWV 857
  25. Prelude in F-sharp major, BWV858
  26. Fugue in F-sharp major, BWV 858
  27. Prelude in F-sharp minor, BWV 859
  28. Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 859
  29. Prelude in G major, BWV 860
  30. Fugue in G major, BWV 860
  31. Prelude in G minor, BWV 861
  32. Fugue in G minor, BWV 861
  33. Prelude in A-flat major, BWV 862
  34. Fugue in A-flat major, BWV 862
  35. Prelude in G-sharp minor, BWV 863
  36. Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 863
  37. Prelude in A major, BWV 864
  38. Fugue in A major, BWV 864
  39. Prelude in A minor, BWV 865
  40. Fugue in A minor, BWV 865
  41. Prelude in B-flat major, BWV 866
  42. Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 866
  43. Prelude in B-flat minor, BWV 867
  44. Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867
  45. Prelude in B major, BWV 868
  46. Fugue in B major, BWV 868
  47. Prelude in B minor, BWV 869
  48. Fugue in B minor, BWV 869
  49. Prelude in C major, BWV 870
  50. Fugue in C major, BWV 870
  51. Prelude in C minor, BWV 871
  52. Fugue in C minor, BWV 871
  53. Prelude in C-sharp major, BWV 872
  54. Fugue in C-sharp major, BWV 872
  55. Prelude in C-sharp minor, BWV 873
  56. Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 873
  57. Prelude in D major, BWV 874
  58. Fugue in D major, BWV 874
  59. Prelude in D minor, BWV 875
  60. Fugue in D minor, BWV 875
  61. Prelude in E-flat major, BWV 876
  62. Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 876
  63. Prelude in D-sharp minor, BWV 877
  64. Fugue in D-sharp minor, BWV 877
  65. Prelude in E major, BWV 878
  66. Fugue in E major, BWV 878
  67. Prelude in E minor, BWV 879
  68. Fugue in E minor, BWV 879
  69. Prelude in F major, BWV 880
  70. Fugue in F major, BWV 880
  71. Prelude in F minor, BWV 881
  72. Fugue in F minor, BWV 881
  73. Prelude in F-sharp major, BWV 882
  74. Fugue in F-sharp major, BWV 882
  75. Prelude in F-sharp minor, BWV 883
  76. Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 883
  77. Prelude in G major, BWV 884
  78. Fugue in G major, BWV 884
  79. Prelude in G minor, BWV 885
  80. Fugue in G minor, BWV 885
  81. Prelude in A-flat major, BWV 886
  82. Fugue in A-flat major, BWV 886
  83. Prelude in G-sharp minor, BWV 887
  84. Fugue in G-sharp minor, BWV 887
  85. Prelude in A major, BWV 888
  86. Fugue in A major, BWV 888
  87. Prelude in A minor, BWV 889
  88. Fugue in A minor, BWV 889
  89. Prelude in B-flat major, BWV 890
  90. Fugue in B-flat major, BWV 890
  91. Prelude in B-flat minor, BWV 891
  92. Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 891
  93. Prelude in B major, BWV 892
  94. Fugue in B major, BWV 892
  95. Prelude in B minor, BWV 893
  96. Fugue in B minor, BWV 893