Sviatoslav Richter – Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier – Live Innsbruck 1973

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Bach was a central part of Sviatoslav Richter’s repertoire throughout his career. Some of his very earliest recordings, on Russian 78s, were music of Bach. Some of the latest additions to his repertoire, and his last studio recordings, were also Bach.

Richter began to play some of the pieces from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” in public as early as 1943. He did not play the complete cycle until 1973, and apparently he performed it as a cycle only a dozen times. He devoted much of 1973 to this music, although not always in complete cycles. When he did play the complete cycle, he divided it into four programs, each including half of one book.

Richter’s studio recording of the WTC is well known and has remained available continuously since it was first published. However, there is only one complete live recording of Richter’s WTC. Another issue, from a Russian performance, presented only Book 1 and is long out of print.

This recording is one of the greatest rarities in the Richter discography. It was issued in Japan as a memorial tribute to Richter shortly after his death. When the company which published it discovered that the contract they had received from Russia was fraudulent, they deleted the entire memorial series, ten discs, in a matter of weeks. During that brief time it circulated only within Japan. We are pleased to present this invaluable recording to a worldwide audience of Richter collectors for the first time.

In order to serve the dual interests of quality and economy, we have decided to publish this recording in DVD Audio format. This format enables us to include the entire recording on a single affordable disc while maintaining maximum audio quality.

This disc should play audio through any modern DVD or Blu-Ray player.

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Why This Format?
In order to serve the dual interests of quality and economy, we have decided to publish this recording in DVD Audio format. This format enables us to include the entire recording on a single affordable disc while maintaining maximum audio quality. This disc should play audio through any modern DVD player.

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (complete) [Total running time 4:11:49]
Sviatoslav Richter, piano;
Live performances, Innsbruck
[Book 1: 1:53:20]
[Book 2: 2:18:29]

August 7, 1973 (Book 1, Nos. 1-12)
August 10, 1973 (Book 1, Nos. 13-24)
July 26, 1973 (Book 2, Nos. 1-12)
July 28, 1973 (Book 2, Nos. 13-24)

[1] BWV 846 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major [4:36]
[2] BWV 847 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor [2:54]
[3] BWV 848 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major [2:59]
[4] BWV 849 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor [8:08]
[5] BWV 850 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major [2:41]
[6] BWV 851 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor [3:36]
[7] BWV 852 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-flatmajor [5:06]
[8] BWV 853 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E-flatminor [10:01]
[9] BWV 854 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E major [2:06]
[10] BWV 855 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E minor [2:52
[11] BWV 856 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F major [2:01]
[12] BWV 857 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F minor [6:39]
[13] BWV 858 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major [3:27]
[14] BWV 859 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor [4:42]
[15] BWV 860 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major [3:06]
[16] BWV 861 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G minor [4:22]
[17] BWV 862 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-flatmajor [3:42]
[18] BWV 863 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor [4:36]
[19] BWV 864 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A major [3:44]
[20] BWV 865 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor [5:08]
[21] BWV 866 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-flatmajor [2:24]
[22] BWV 867 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-flatminor [6:17]
[23] BWV 868 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B major [3:19
[24] BWV 869 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B minor [14:50]
[25] BWV 870 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major [4:04]
[26] BWV 871 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor [4:12]
[27] BWV 872 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major [3:03]
[28] BWV 873 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor [5:28]
[29] BWV 874 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major [8:05]
[30] BWV 875 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor [2:55]
[31] BWV 876 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-flatmajor [4:22]
[32] BWV 877 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in D-sharp minor [7:08]
[33] BWV 878 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E major [8:18]
[34] BWV 879 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 10 in E minor [5:19]
[35] BWV 880 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F major [4:21]
[36] BWV 881 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F minor [5:49]
[37] BWV 882 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major [5:07]
[38] BWV 883 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor [8:23]
[39] BWV 884 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major [3:07]
[40] BWV 885 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G minor [5:55]
[41] BWV 886 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-flatmajor [6:22]
[42] BWV 887 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor [9:34]
[43] BWV 888 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A major [2:32]
[44] BWV 889 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor [5:49]
[45] BWV 890 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-flatmajor [8:42]
[46] BWV 891 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B-flatminor [10:15]
[47] BWV 892 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 23 in B major [6:04]
[48] BWV 893 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B minor [3:36]