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Gould launched his complete recording of the “Pianists’ Old Testament” on 10 January 1962. It would eventually occupy him for more than nine years. “We recorded ten or even fifteen different versions of some of the preludes and fugues. Nearly every one was perfect, note for note, yet still completely different. It was an amazing experience to witness how each version became something completely new in Gould’s hands.”

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846-853

Released: 1963

    Disc 1

  1. Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: Prelude
  2. Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: Fugue
  3. Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847: Prelude
  4. Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847: Fugue
  5. Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major, BWV 848: Prelude
  6. Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major, BWV 848: Fugue
  7. Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor, BWV 849: Prelude
  8. Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor, BWV 849: Fugue
  9. Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850: Prelude
  10. Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850: Fugue
  11. Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851: Prelude
  12. Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851: Fugue
  13. Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat Major, BWV 852: Prelude
  14. Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat Major, BWV 852: Fugue
  15. Prelude in E-flat minor & Fugue in D-sharp minor No. 8, BWV 853: Prelude
  16. Prelude in E-flat minor & Fugue in D-sharp minor No. 8, BWV 853: Fugue