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Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier occupies much more space in Gould’s discography than the first. The interpretative range is all the more striking: Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major, for instance, appears in two early CBC versions lasting 3:19 (1953) and 2:03 (1966) minutes, respectively, while the one here whizzes past in one minute and thirty-eight seconds.

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870-877

Released: 1968

    Disc 1

  1. Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870: Praeludium
  2. Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870: Fuga
  3. Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 871: Praeludium
  4. Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 871: Fuga
  5. Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major, BWV 872: Praeludium
  6. Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major, BWV 872: Fuga
  7. Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor, BWV 873: Praeludium
  8. Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor, BWV 873: Fuga
  9. Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874: Praeludium
  10. Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874: Fuga
  11. Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875: Praeludium
  12. Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875: Fuga
  13. Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat Major, BWV 876: Praeludium
  14. Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat Major, BWV 876: Fuga
  15. Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in D-sharp minor, BWV 877: Praeludium
  16. Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in D-sharp minor, BWV 877: Fuga