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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846-893
Zuzana Ruzickova, harpsichord
Rec: January 1995, Sound Studio of Music Faculty of AMU, Prague.
PANTON 81 1411-2134 (4CD)[272.14]

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This if the third recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier by the Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, born in 1928. Recorded in 1995, on two excellent harpsichords (one a Ruckers copy, for book I, and a Harass copy for book II) this is a strange recording. She shows a great deal of sensitivity for the music, yet in many ways seems to be so far from what one expects that it is difficult to understand.

The well-known prelude in C major that opens book I is probably one of the best-known of Bach’s works. This deceptive piece, which is a simple series of slow arpeggios, is generally played on the harpsichord as close to legato as