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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 Volume 2, BWV 854-861

Released: 1964

    Disc 1

  1. Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: Prelude
  2. Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854: Fugue
  3. Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855: Prelude
  4. Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855: Fugue
  5. Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856: Prelude
  6. Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856: Fugue
  7. Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 857: Prelude
  8. Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 857: Fugue
  9. Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp Major, BWV 858: Prelude
  10. Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp Major, BWV 858: Fugue
  11. Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor, BWV 859: Prelude
  12. Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor, BWV 859: Fugue
  13. Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860: Prelude
  14. Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860: Fugue
  15. Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861: Prelude
  16. Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 861: Fugue