World Première Recording: First recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, to use the Bach-Lehman tuning.
By the 1740s, J. S. Bach was engaged in the task of bringing his life’s work to some kind of final form. By 1742 he had compiled a second collection of preludes and fugues in all the possible major and minor keys, which he named Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Part II, complementing his original set from twenty years earlier. Peter Watchorn presents this monumental work using a German-style harpsichord and pedal harpsichord in performances of unrivaled depth and power.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performing artists: Peter Watchorn
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January 10, 2010