Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier on Lute-Harpsichord / Rübsam

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At 76, Wolfgang Rübsam is undoubtedly one of the Bachians of our time, and yet until quite recently his long and distinguished discography has included no recording of the single most central collection to Bach’s output as a keyboard musician, the two volumes of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Rübsam’s chosen instrument for this recording is the lute-harpsichord: a unique keyboard instrument with a unique sound that Bach apparently cherished. It is more forceful than the clavichord but less brilliant than the conventional harpsichord, requiring a touch of its own.

According to Fanfare magazine’s review of the set when originally released, ‘I thought I’d heard it all. I was mistaken, and never, on any instrument, have I encountered a take on these masterpieces that breathes such new life into them.’ This set is now widely available on CD for the first time, and joins Rübsam’s other recordings on the lute-harpsichord for Brilliant Classics, of music by Bach and Weiss, as well as a complete set of the organ works by Louis Vierne.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 21, 2023

  • UPC: 5028421967509

  • Catalog Number: BRI96750

  • Label: Brilliant Classics

  • Number of Discs: 5

  • Period: Baroque

  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Performer: Wolfgang Rubsam


  1. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Wolfgang Rübsam

  2. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Wolfgang Rübsam