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The Well-Tempered Clavier Limited 180gram 5LP Vinyl Box Set

Friedrich Gulda

Label: Absolute
Release Date: 30 October 2015
Format: Boxed Set Vinyl

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Friedrich Gulda The Well-Tempered Clavier Limited 180gram 5LP Vinyl Box Set

In Friedrich Gulda's recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier two significant events in the history of Western music meet. One of these is this
exceptional recording. It originates in the years of 1972/73, the high- and endpoint of the collaboration between the Austrian pianist and the
sound-sorcerer from Villingen, Germany, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer. Since 1969, Gulda had been using the Black Forest studio's state-of-the-art
technical capabilities for the recording of the music cycles of Beethoven, Debussy, and Mozart, as well as his own work. You can still see the marks
left from where the instrument had been precisely placed to the millimeter so that the piano's sonority could be optimally captured. All of this is
what makes Gulda's interpretations so bold and meaningful to this day. The optimal microphone placements on the piano strings reduces the
distance between Bach's work and the audience, allowing the listener to physically experience the music. The Steinway sounds out in full stereo;
its extreme dynamics creates a wide emotional spectrum, ranging from delicate intimacy to unbridled extroversion. The other epic event is the
work itself: although it may be taken for granted today, Johann Sebastian Bach created a cycle of works played through all 24 major and minor
keys that, with its development of equally tempered tuning, was a quantum spring forward. At the same time, Bach underlined the cosmic
dimension of his creation by intentionally leaving open the choice of which “clavier” the piece should be played on (at that time, Clavichord,
Cembalo and organ). Independent of the mechanics, this underscores the divine substance of his music. Gulda died in 2000. This new release of
the Gulda recordings appears on the anniversary of the pianist's 85th birthday. It especially takes into account the encounter between two
geniuses; this is a direct copy from the master tape, the first time since the seventies that the true tonal color of the original has been produced,
without any “corrections” of the dynamics. In these editions of five LPs and four CDs, the listener will find the original accompanying material, with
labels, booklets, and Gulda's comments, as well as new texts from Gulda confidant Thomas Knapp and the current sound engineer Thorsten Wyk.
Finally, the listener can once again experience Gulda's Bach the way Gulda had conceived it – as eruptive as that timeless meeting of spirit and
emotion over 250 years ago.

True to the original configuration
5 LPs in original MPS-style
Adaption of the original LP-box
Including the original LP-booklets
LP-Labels due to the original
180 Gram virgin vinyl
Analog lacquer cutting directly from the original master tapes
Faithfulness to the original recording
New booklet with background
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