The Well-Tempered Ear

What’s your favorite classical music CD right now? | October 31, 2009

By Jacob Stockinger

There are so many good recording that have been released lately.

Even the summer off-season brought a bunch of notable new releases.

But one classical CD has continued to surface as my favorite to listen to, especially as I run about in my car.

It is Till Fellner’s recording for ECM of J.S. Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, Three-Part Sinfonias and French Suite No. 5 in G Major. FellnerBach

Fellner (below right), who studied with Alfred Brendel, established his ability to play classical and especially baroque music on a modern grand piano several years ago with his outstanding first release for ECM, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, a top choice of many WTC recordings for me.

Fellner’s virtues are many,

His use of the pedal is judicious, but he is no dry purist. His Bach is both singing and robust, but restrained.

He uses ornaments, but doesn’t overuse them. Fellner

His two-part inventions often seem fast, too fast,  at first. But then you realize he is playing all 15 of them as a cycle. And a cycle needs variety. Same goes for the Three-Part Sinfonias.

So the more I listen, the more I grow convinced by his performances and fond of them.

Other friends tell me they are listening repeatedly to Renee Fleming’s “Verismo” (Decca). FlemingVerismo

What is your favorite classical CD that you listen to repeated — either new or old?

What one classical CD do you listen to most right now  — in the car or at home?

Let the rest of us know, so we can hear it too.

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music


  1. Mozart: The Late Symphonies, Nos. 31-36 and 38-41 – The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock.

    Comment by ricardomenacuevas — January 13, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

  2. I very much like the new Fleming CD “Verismo”. It is an interesting collection of well-known and not-so-well known pieces. I like her voice very much, and while some deem her “mannered” I find her most appealing. I recommend as well her “Homage” and “I Want Magic” as two other collections of interesting pieces. I just finished reading her memoir “The Inner Voice” and found her to be an intelligent and engaging writer. Now if she’d just come to Japan to sing.

    Comment by Larry Wells — November 4, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

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