Christine Schornsheim

Bach: Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Books 1 & 2

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Listeners who like their Bach played on an authentic Baroque era harpsichord instead of a modern piano will want to hear Christine Schornsheim's four-CD set of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II, on Capriccio. This traversal of "The 48" was performed on an instrument built in Antwerp by Johannes Ruckers in 1624, which is significant because the Ruckers family's instruments were highly valued in the 17th and 18th centuries and were frequently upgraded to suit the emerging tuning system of equal temperament, which Bach promoted with these pieces. Schornsheim is a solid performer with a robust sound, and her handling of the harpsichord's sonorities is assured and varied, according to the changing textures and characters of the preludes and fugues. There is also a muscular quality to her playing that comes through in her regular motor rhythms, though the antique keyboard's action might be a little stiff, requiring a strong, even attack to make the notes sound. The recordings were made in 2010 and 2011 in a museum setting, so carefully placed microphones capture the harpsichord with crisp details and clean sound with little background resonance, so the overall effect is close-up and intensely focused.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV 846-869
1 Christine Schornsheim 01:57 Amazon
2 Christine Schornsheim 02:00 Amazon
3 Christine Schornsheim 01:46 Amazon
4 Christine Schornsheim 01:50 Amazon
5 Christine Schornsheim 01:12 Amazon
6 Christine Schornsheim 02:44 Amazon
7 Christine Schornsheim 02:31 Amazon
8 Christine Schornsheim 03:59 Amazon
9 Christine Schornsheim 01:16 Amazon
10 Christine Schornsheim 01:48 Amazon
11 Christine Schornsheim 01:56 Amazon
12 Christine Schornsheim 01:59 Amazon
13 Christine Schornsheim 03:49 Amazon
14 Christine Schornsheim 01:52 Amazon
15 Christine Schornsheim 03:27 Amazon
16 Christine Schornsheim 04:46 Amazon
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18 Christine Schornsheim 01:26 Amazon
19 Christine Schornsheim 02:06 Amazon
20 Christine Schornsheim 01:35 Amazon
21 Christine Schornsheim 01:08 Amazon
22 Christine Schornsheim 01:19 Amazon
23 Christine Schornsheim 01:52 Amazon
24 Christine Schornsheim 03:39 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV 846-869
1 Christine Schornsheim 01:20 Amazon
2 Christine Schornsheim 02:06 Amazon
3 Christine Schornsheim 01:10 Amazon
4 Christine Schornsheim 02:44 Amazon
5 Christine Schornsheim 00:58 Amazon
6 Christine Schornsheim 02:49 Amazon
7 Christine Schornsheim 02:00 Amazon
8 Christine Schornsheim 02:11 Amazon
9 Christine Schornsheim 01:18 Amazon
10 Christine Schornsheim 01:58 Amazon
11 Christine Schornsheim 01:25 Amazon
12 Christine Schornsheim 02:21 Amazon
13 Christine Schornsheim 01:39 Amazon
14 Christine Schornsheim 02:22 Amazon
15 Christine Schornsheim 01:14 Amazon
16 Christine Schornsheim 04:49 Amazon
17 Christine Schornsheim 01:19 Amazon
18 Christine Schornsheim 01:46 Amazon
19 Christine Schornsheim 02:24 Amazon
20 Christine Schornsheim 02:41 Amazon
21 Christine Schornsheim 01:15 Amazon
22 Christine Schornsheim 02:13 Amazon
23 Christine Schornsheim 07:48 Amazon
24 Christine Schornsheim 06:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV 870-893
1 Christine Schornsheim 02:30 Amazon
2 Christine Schornsheim 01:49 Amazon
3 Christine Schornsheim 02:51 Amazon
4 Christine Schornsheim 02:06 Amazon
5 Christine Schornsheim 01:46 Amazon
6 Christine Schornsheim 01:57 Amazon
7 Christine Schornsheim 04:05 Amazon
8 Christine Schornsheim 02:31 Amazon
9 Christine Schornsheim 04:40 Amazon
10 Christine Schornsheim 02:06 Amazon
11 Christine Schornsheim 01:40 Amazon
12 Christine Schornsheim 01:57 Amazon
13 Christine Schornsheim 02:39 Amazon
14 Christine Schornsheim 02:13 Amazon
15 Christine Schornsheim 04:03 Amazon
16 Christine Schornsheim 03:20 Amazon
17 Christine Schornsheim 05:33 Amazon
18 Christine Schornsheim 02:48 Amazon
19 Christine Schornsheim 03:33 Amazon
20 Christine Schornsheim 02:56 Amazon
21 Christine Schornsheim 03:12 Amazon
22 Christine Schornsheim 01:46 Amazon
23 Christine Schornsheim 03:51 Amazon
24 Christine Schornsheim 02:28 Amazon
25 Christine Schornsheim 02:51 Amazon
26 Christine Schornsheim 02:37 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das wohltemperirte Clavier, BWV 870-893
1 Christine Schornsheim 02:33 Amazon
2 Christine Schornsheim 04:35 Amazon
3 Christine Schornsheim 02:33 Amazon
4 Christine Schornsheim 01:18 Amazon
5 Christine Schornsheim 02:26 Amazon
6 Christine Schornsheim 03:20 Amazon
7 Christine Schornsheim 03:48 Amazon
8 Christine Schornsheim 02:53 Amazon
9 Christine Schornsheim 04:36 Amazon
10 Christine Schornsheim 04:22 Amazon
11 Christine Schornsheim 01:41 Amazon
12 Christine Schornsheim 01:27 Amazon
13 Christine Schornsheim 04:55 Amazon
14 Christine Schornsheim 01:46 Amazon
15 Christine Schornsheim 06:26 Amazon
16 Christine Schornsheim 02:35 Amazon
17 Christine Schornsheim 02:45 Amazon
18 Christine Schornsheim 05:33 Amazon
19 Christine Schornsheim 02:02 Amazon
20 Christine Schornsheim 04:04 Amazon
21 Christine Schornsheim 02:04 Amazon
22 Christine Schornsheim 01:49 Amazon
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