Masaaki Suzuki

J.S. Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II

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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 02:49 Amazon
2 01:53 Amazon
3 03:26 Amazon
4 01:53 Amazon
5 02:02 Amazon
6 02:03 Amazon
7 04:10 Amazon
8 02:39 Amazon
9 05:18 Amazon
10 02:25 Amazon
11 01:35 Amazon
12 01:58 Amazon
13 03:30 Amazon
14 02:19 Amazon
15 03:54 Amazon
16 03:17 Amazon
17 06:21 Amazon
18 03:08 Amazon
19 03:45 Amazon
20 03:04 Amazon
21 04:05 Amazon
22 01:51 Amazon
23 05:11 Amazon
24 02:48 Amazon
25 03:04 Amazon
26 03:26 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

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