Emma Coull

J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 – Keyboard CD review

3:38, 9th September 2020


J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1

Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord (David Way 1982, after Hemsch)

Deutsche Grammophon 483 8436 (2CDs)


In his 73rd year, this recording marks the culmination of Pinnock’s childhood fascination with the ‘48’, which he has only now finally recorded here. It joins a crowded marketplace, but stands as a testament to Pinnock’s musical maturity and experience. The harpsichord he uses has been his companion for nearly 40 years, a fine, sonorous but clear sound, tuned to an unequal temperament by Pinnock, at the low pitch of A=392. The recorded sound is wonderful, and the detailed and informative sleeve notes are by Pinnock.

Douglas Hollick

[read full review in the November/December 2020 issue]

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