The Well-Tempered Synthesizer

The Well-Tempered Synthesizer

Infobox Album | Name = The Well-Tempered Synthesizer
Type = Album
Artist = Wendy Carlos

Released = 1969
Recorded = 1969
Genre = Electronic music
Length = 35:50
Label = Columbia Records
Producer = Rachel Elkind
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|5|5 [ link]
Last album = "Switched-On Bach"
This album = "The Well-Tempered Synthesizer"
Next album = "Sonic Seasonings"

"The Well-Tempered Synthesizer" is a 1969 album released by Wendy Carlos (then released as Walter Carlos) following the groundbreaking "Switched-On Bach" in the previous year. The album consists of a selection of pieces by Monteverdi, Domenico Scarlatti, and Handel as well as Bach whose music was exclusively featured on the first album. The title of "The Well-Tempered Synthesizer" is a play on Bach's own collection of pieces entitled "The Well-Tempered Clavier".

All selections were performed on a Moog modular synthesizer system. Like "Switched On Bach", "The Well-Tempered Synthesizer" was recorded on an 8 track Ampex tape recorder using numerous takes and overdubs. This was long before the days of MIDI sequencers and recording the album was by all accounts a laborious process.

About Carlos's rendition of "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4", renowned Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould had the following to say::"Carlos's realization of the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto is, to put it bluntly, the finest performance of any of the Brandenburgs — live, canned, or intuited — I've ever heard." [] .

Track listing

#Monteverdi: "Orfeo Suite" ("Toccata"; "Ritornello I"; "Choro II"; "Ritornello II"; "Choro II"; "Ritornello II")
#Scarlatti: "Sonata In G Major"
#Scarlatti: "Sonata In D Major"
#Handel: "Water Music: Bourree"
#Handel: "Water Music: Air"
#Handel: "Water Music: Allegro Deciso"
#Scarlatti: "Sonata In E Major"
#Scarlatti: "Sonata In D Major"
#Bach: "Brandenburg Concerto #4 in G Major: Allegro"
#Bach: "Brandenburg Concerto #4 in G Major: Andante"
#Bach: "Brandenburg Concerto #4 in G Major: Presto"
#Monteverdi: "Domine Ad Adjuvandum" (from the "1610 Vespers")

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