Masaaki Suzuki

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II

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J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II Review

by James Leonard

Listeners familiar with any of Masaaki Suzuki's many Bach recordings for BIS are likely to know what to expect from his recording of the Well-Tempered Klavier Book II: immaculate playing, impeccable taste, and immediate sound. Perhaps best-known internationally for his series of recordings of Bach's cantatas and other sacred works, Suzuki started his career as a superlative keyboard player, and as his performance here on the harpsichord demonstrates, he has kept his skills well-honed. Suzuki the keyboard player shares many of the same qualities as Suzuki the conductor: clarity, precision, vivacity, and a real feel for the music. From the quick to the slow and the simple to the complex, Suzuki articulates every line, harmony, and relationship lucidly but with a lively sense of rhythm and tempo. For some listeners, there may be too much calculation in these performances, and not enough freedom and inspiration. But whether or not the performances were mapped out ahead of time, no one could gainsay Suzuki's expressive intensity. Recorded in BIS' supernaturally clear yet almost tangibly present sound, these performances will surely find an appreciative audience.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch II
1 Masaaki Suzuki 02:49 Amazon
2 Masaaki Suzuki 01:53 Amazon
3 Masaaki Suzuki 03:26 Amazon
4 Masaaki Suzuki 01:53 Amazon
5 Masaaki Suzuki 02:02 Amazon
6 Masaaki Suzuki 02:03 Amazon
7 Masaaki Suzuki 04:10 Amazon
8 Masaaki Suzuki 02:39 Amazon
9 Masaaki Suzuki 05:18 Amazon
10 Masaaki Suzuki 02:25 Amazon
11 Masaaki Suzuki 01:35 Amazon
12 Masaaki Suzuki 01:58 Amazon
13 Masaaki Suzuki 03:30 Amazon
14 Masaaki Suzuki 02:19 Amazon
15 Masaaki Suzuki 03:54 Amazon
16 Masaaki Suzuki 03:17 Amazon
17 Masaaki Suzuki 06:21 Amazon
18 Masaaki Suzuki 03:08 Amazon
19 Masaaki Suzuki 03:45 Amazon
20 Masaaki Suzuki 03:04 Amazon
21 Masaaki Suzuki 04:05 Amazon
22 Masaaki Suzuki 01:51 Amazon
23 Masaaki Suzuki 05:11 Amazon
24 Masaaki Suzuki 02:48 Amazon
25 Masaaki Suzuki 03:04 Amazon
26 Masaaki Suzuki 03:26 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch II
1 Masaaki Suzuki 03:13 Amazon
2 Masaaki Suzuki 05:06 Amazon
3 Masaaki Suzuki 02:23 Amazon
4 Masaaki Suzuki 01:12 Amazon
5 Masaaki Suzuki 03:00 Amazon
6 Masaaki Suzuki 03:11 Amazon
7 Masaaki Suzuki 04:22 Amazon
8 Masaaki Suzuki 02:36 Amazon
9 Masaaki Suzuki 04:24 Amazon
10 Masaaki Suzuki 05:08 Amazon
11 Masaaki Suzuki 02:16 Amazon
12 Masaaki Suzuki 01:30 Amazon
13 Masaaki Suzuki 06:02 Amazon
14 Masaaki Suzuki 01:58 Amazon
15 Masaaki Suzuki 09:55 Amazon
16 Masaaki Suzuki 02:55 Amazon
17 Masaaki Suzuki 03:13 Amazon
18 Masaaki Suzuki 05:13 Amazon
19 Masaaki Suzuki 01:47 Amazon
20 Masaaki Suzuki 03:52 Amazon
21 Masaaki Suzuki 02:22 Amazon
22 Masaaki Suzuki 02:27 Amazon
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