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Track(s) taken from CDD22062

Prelude and Fugue in E minor 'The wedge', BWV548

composer

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: April 1993
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Paul Niederberger
Release date: October 1993
Total duration: 13 minutes 49 seconds
 
1
Prelude  [6'13]
2
Fugue  [7'36]

Reviews

'These incisive, illuminating performances … they continue to offer compulsory interpretation for anyone's library. Herrick approaches Bach with an interrogative direction that compels the imagination. In the warm, well-shaped acoustic of Lucerne's Jesuitenkirche he finds drama and strength of purpose, vibrancy and colour on a fine modern Metzler organ, and displays an impressively articulate, varied and telling range of gestures. Dip in at any point and you'll find something to please and provoke … the impeccable recorded sound is icing on the cake' (Choir & Organ)

'This is in every way a Bach recital out of the top drawer, played with magisterial authority on a magnificent organ' (Classic FM Magazine)
With the great E minor Prelude and Fugue, BWV548 we return to the small group of late Leipzig pieces. In common with the majority of them, the two movements are designed together (as the autograph shows); the majestic and seamless progress of the prelude’s plethora of ideas contrasts with a da capo fugue whose ‘wedge’-shaped subject is as original as the long virtuoso episode which forms the central section.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Avec le grand Prélude et Fugue en mi mineur, BWV548, nous retournons au petit groupe des derniers morceaux de Leipzig. En commun avec la majorité d’entre eux, les deux mouvements sont conçus ensemble (comme le prouve l’autographe); la progression majestueuse et parfaitement homogène de la pléthore d’idées du prélude contraste avec une fugue da capo, dont le sujet à la forme de «coin» est aussi original que le long épisode virtuoso qui forme la section centrale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robin Langley © 1993
Français: Alain Midoux

Mit dem großen Präludium und Fuge in e-Moll, BWV548 wenden wir uns erneut der kleinen Gruppe der späten Leipziger Werke zu. Wie die meisten von ihnen sind die zwei Teile (wie die Urschrift beweist) gemeinsam entworfen worden; der majestätische, nahtlose Ablauf, den die Ideenfülle des Präludiums einhält, kontrastiert mit einer Da-Capo-Fuge, deren „keilförmiges“ Subjekt ebenso originell ist wie die lange virtuose Episode, die den Mittelteil bildet.

aus dem Begleittext von Robin Langley © 1993
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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