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ROBERT RIEFLING PLAYS BACH



On this page Robert Riefling plays Bach.  These are wonderful performances which combine a clean and transparent approach to the complex polyphony of The Welltempered Clavier with subtle drama the iikes of which one rarely hears.  His voicing is splendidly elastic causing Bach's Preludes and three and four part fugues to come to life in a beautifully three dimensional fabric.

Just listen to the fifteen versions of the Prelude in C major, BWV 848. Riefling makes a spectacular dialogue of the two voices.  Even Gould who is so often my reference for this music leaves me disappointed.



Bach  Preludes and Fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier, Book I


3 Prelude in 
C major, BWV 848

Hariett Cohen
01:28 Edwin Fischer
02:49 Samuil Feinberg
04:17 Mieczyslaw Horszowsky
05:32 Walter Gieseking
06:38 Myra Hess
07:52 Wilhelm Kempff
09:14 Glenn Gould
10:20 Robert Riefling
11:41 Sviatoslav Richter
12:48 Friedrich Gulda
14:00 Rosalyn Tureck
15:19 Wilhelm Backhaus
16:31 Maria Yudina
17:47 Tatiana Nikolayeva



16 in G minor, BWV 861



22 in B minor, BWV 867




Bach  Preludes and Fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier, Book II

recorded in 1985


1 in C major, BWV 870



2 in C minor, BWV 871



3 in C major, BWV 872



4 in C minor, BWV 873



5 in D major, BWV 874



6 in D minor, BWV 875



7 in E major, BWV 876



8 in D minor, BWV 877



9 in E major, BWV 878



10
 in E minor, BWV 879



11 in F major, BWV 880



12 in F minor, BWV 881



13 in F major, BWV 882



14 in F minor, BWV 883



15 in G major, BWV 884



16 in G minor, BWV 885



17 in A major, BWV 886



18 in G minor, BWV 887



19 in A major, BWV 888



20 in A minor, BWV 889



21 in B major, BWV 890



22 in B minor, BWV 891



23 in B major, BWV 892



24 in B minor, BWV 893




Bach  Chromatic Fantasi and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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