• Johann Sebastian Bach

    Das wohltemperierte Klavier

    John Butt

    Das wohltemperierte Klavier 4 cd CKD 463
    Linn Records

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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 forHandel: Messiah and the 2014 ‘Choral' Award for Mozart: Requiem.

Dunedin's first instrumental release, Six Brandenburg Concertos, saw John Butt's harpsichord solos singled out for their virtuosity and technical skill. His 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 John bases his performance on recent editions so he can present the latest possible stage of Bach's thoughts for each book; secondly John takes a unique approach to tempo and tempo relationships, which he explains fully in his comprehensive booklet note.

' ...splash out on John Butt's landmark traversal, which is in every way a tour de force .' International Record Review