Recordings in Historical Temperaments

I haven’t heard the following recordings, which are said (by Kyle Gann, whose informative web site is http://home.earthlink.net/~kgann/histune.html#hist6) to be in various historical tunings. Gann lists one other recording that I haven’t been able track down on the Internet yet.

Edition Bachakademie Vol 116 - Well-Tempered Clavier Book I

Release Date: 07/25/2000
Label: Hänssler Classic
Catalog: 9211
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Robert Levin Edition

Bachakademie Vol 117 - Well-Tempered Clavier Book II

Release Date: 07/25/2000
Label: Hänssler Classic
Catalog: 92117
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Robert Levin

Available at www.arkivmusic.com. At the home page when it prompts you to “find by catalog number,” type in 92116 and, separately, 92117.

Six degrees of tonality: A well-tempered piano by Domenico Scarlatti,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn (Audio CD)

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, et al.

Performer: Enid Katahn

Label: Gasparo Records - #344

Audio CD (April 24, 2001)

ASIN: B00005B7GY

Available at Amazon.com.


If you go to http://www.youtube.com and search for “well temperament,” you should find a number of audio examples. Some good ones are:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8M-JzIwbog. Note: Bradley Lehman, who produced this excellent video, claims to have discovered the actual tuning Bach had in mind for his The Well Tempered Clavier. I believe him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsKpxZIhc4U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvdunj6b8ds&list=pla19c999cd14d8469 Also, the comments posted are noteworthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw0gxkymehg


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