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Das wohltemperierte Klavier
The Well-Tempered Clavier



John Butt


CKD463
4 CD Set


“John Butt gives an eloquent and brilliantly executed account of the extended first movement harpsichord solo.” BBC Music Magazine

“ … the harpsichord solo in the first movement of the fifth has a virtuoso flourish to it, and Butt delivers that with great panache.” The Guardian


• Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt performs J.S. Bach’s famous ‘Das wohltemperierte Klavier’ for his debut solo recording on Linn.

• Perhaps best known as director of Dunedin Consort, John Butt has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for ‘Handel: Messiah’ and the 2014 ‘Choral’ Award for ‘Mozart: Requiem’.

• Dunedin’s first instrumental release, ‘Six Brandenburg Concertos’, saw Butt’s harpsichord solos singled out for their virtuosity and technical skill.

• John Butt’s performance of ‘Das wohltemperierte Klavier’ benefits from the highly insightful historical knowledge that has shaped his hugely successful work with Dunedin Consort.

• The recording explores two aspects of Bach’s collection: firstly Butt bases his performance on recent editions so he can present the latest possible stage of Bach’s thoughts for each book; secondly Butt takes a unique approach to tempo and tempo relationships, which he explains fully in his comprehensive booklet note.

• The Well-Tempered Clavier is a seminal work whose influence on composition and performance, as well as keyboard technique, is far-reaching.

• John Butt has previously recorded eleven solo recordings, released on Harmonia Mundi, and performed in Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Holland.

• In January 2011 he became the fifth recipient of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation’s Bach Prize, for his work in the performance and scholarship of Bach.

• In 2013 John Butt was awarded the medal of the Royal College of Organists and the OBE for his services to music in Scotland.

• 2013 also saw John Butt enjoy great success with two critically acclaimed Bach releases: ‘John Passion’ was named a ‘Critics’ Choice’ by BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’ and twice by Gramophone as well as being named ‘Recording of the Month’ by three separate publications, whilst ‘Six Brandenburg Concertos’ was named Gramophone ‘Choice’ and awarded five stars by both BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian.


The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 846-69

Disc 1
  1. Prelude No. 1 in C major     2:00
  2. Fugue No. 1 in C major     1:31
  3. Prelude No. 2 in C minor     1:26
  4. Fugue No. 2 in C minor     1:20
  5. Prelude No. 3 in C sharp major     1:20
  6. Fugue No. 3 in C sharp major     2:16
  7. Prelude No. 4 in C sharp minor     1:55
  8. Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor     2:45
  9. Prelude No. 5 in D major     1:11
10. Fugue No. 5 in D major     1:34
11. Prelude No. 6 in D minor     1:20
12. Fugue No. 6 in D minor     1:46
13. Prelude No. 7 in E flat major     3:28
14. Fugue No. 7 in E flat major     1:34
15. Prelude No. 8 in E flat minor     2:23
16. Fugue No. 8 in D sharp minor     3:50
17. Prelude No. 9 in E ma)or     1:18
18. Fugue No. 9 in E major     1:14
19. Prelude No. 10 in E minor     1:42
20. Fugue No. 10 in E mjnor     1:23
21. Prelude No. 11 in F major     1:03
22. Fugue No. 11 in F major     1:12
23. Prelude No. 12 in F minor     1:14
24. Fugue No. 12 in F minor     2:49

Disc 2
  1. Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major     1:24
  2. Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major     1:33
  3. Prelude No. 14 in F sharp minor     1:19
  4. Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor     1:52
  5. Prelude No. 15 in G major     0:52
  6. Fugue No. 15 in G major     2:38
  7. Prelude No. 16 in G minor     1:09
  8. Fugue No. 16 in G minor     1.32
  9. Prelude No. 17 in A flat major     1:22
10. Fugue No. 17 in A flat major     1:56
11. Prelude No 18 in G sharp minor     1:13
12. Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor     1:52
13. Prelude No 19 in A major     1:21
14. Fugue No. 19 in A major     2:02
15. Prelude No. 20 in A minor     1:08
16. Fugue No. 20 in A minor     3:48
17. Prelude No. 21 in B flat ma)or     1:15
18. Fugue No. 21 in B flat major     1:38
19. Prelude No. 22 in B flat minor     2:17
20. Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor     1:58
21. Prelude No. 23 in B major     0:57
22. Fugue No. 23 in B major     1:36
23. Prelude No. 24 in B minor     4:06
24. Fugue No. 24 in B minor     5:08

Recorded at
St Martin's, East Woodhay, Hampshire, UK
15-18 July 2013
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Post production by Julia Thomas
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870-95

Disc 3
  1. Prelude No. 1 in C major     2:01
  2. Fugue No. 1 in C major     1:40
  3. Prelude No. 2 in C minor     2:00
  4. Fugue No. 2 in C minor     1:45
  5. Prelude No. 3 in C sharp major     1:44
  6. Fugue No.5 in C sharp major     1:38
  7. Prelude No. 4 in C sharp minor     3:16
  8. Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor     2:01
  9. Prelude No. 5 in D major     5:16
10. Fugue No. 5 in D major     1:57
11. Prelude No. 6 in D minor     1:35
12. Fugue No. 6 in D minor     1:38
13. Prelude No. 7 in E flat major     2:38
14. Fugue No. 7 in E flat major     1:35
15. Prelude No. 8 in D sharp minor     4:07
16. Fugue No. 8 in D sharp minor     2:19
17. Prelude No. 9 in E major     4:14
18. Fugue No. 9 in E major     2:14
19. Prelude No. 10 in E minor     3:37
20. Fugue No. 10 in E minor     2:40
21. Prelude No. 11 in F major     2:52
22. Fugue No. 11 in F major     1:30
23. Prelude No. 12 in F minor     3:34
24. Fugue No. 12 in F minor     1:57

Disc 4
  1. Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major     2:42
  2. Fugue No. 13 in F sharp major     2:05
  3. Prelude No. 14 in F sharp minor     2:21
  4. Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor     3:36
  5. Prelude No. 15 in G major     2:24
  6. Fugue No. 15 in G major     1:16
  7. Prelude No. 16 in G minor     2:22
  8. Fugue No. 16 in G minor     2:48
  9. Prelude No. 17 in A flat major     5:25
10. Fugue No. 17 in A flat major     2:15
11. Prelude No. 18 in G sharp minor     5:15
12. Fugue No. 18 in G sharp minor     3:25
13. Prelude No. 19 in A major     1:40
14. Fugue No. 19 in A major     1:21
15. Prelude No. 20 in A minor     3:30
16. Fugue No. 20 in A minor     1:42
17. Prelude No. 21 in B flat major     5:17
18. Fugue No. 21 in B flat major     1:54
19. Prelude No. 22 in B flat minor     2:27
20. Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor     5:21
21. Prelude No. 23 in B major     1:59
22. Fugue No. 23 in B major     2:30
25. Prelude No. 24 in B minor     1:47
24. Fugue No. 24 in B minor     1:48

Design by gmtoucari.com
Harpsichord by Bruce Kennedy
Copy of a German instrument (1702-4) by
Michael Mietke (d. 1719), owned by the
Dunedin Consort, tuned to a'=415Hz



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