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Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV544

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This is one of the most original of the last great preludes and fugues from the Leipzig years, the Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV544. The prelude, in an advanced and highly decorated Rococo style, combines grace and grandeur in an individual marriage between the older fugal techniques and the newer expressive harmony induced by frequent appoggiature. The fugue, particularly closely crafted and on two subjects, achieves over and above the contrapuntal ingenuity an inevitability of growth and profundity of thought remarkable even for Bach.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Voici l’un des plus originaux des derniers grands préludes et fugues des années de Leipzig, celui en si mineur, BWV544. Le prélude, dans un style avancé et extrêmement rococo, allie grâce et grandeur dans un appariement original entre les anciennes techniques fugales et la nouvelle harmonie expressive produite par de fréquentes appoggiature. La fugue, finement œuvrée et sur deux sujets, atteint, au-delà de l’ingéniosité contrapuntique, une inéluctabilité de croissance et de profondeur de pensée qui est remarquable même pour Bach.

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

Die in einem der originellsten Werke unter den letzten großen Präludien und Fugen der Leipziger Jahre zum Ausdruck kommt, BWV544 in h-Moll. Das Präludium im fortgeschrittenen und stark verzierten Rokokostil eint Anmut und Glanz zu einer individuellen Verbindung zwischen älteren Fugentechniken und der neueren expressiven Harmonik, die durch häufige Appoggiaturen hervorgerufen wird. Die besonders dicht und auf zwei Subjekten aufgebaute Fuge erreicht über kontrapunktische Originalität hinaus eine unvermeidlich wirkende Größe und Tiefe, die selbst für Bach ungewöhnlich ist.

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

Recordings

Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues
CDD220622CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Bach: Organ Music
Studio Master: SIGCD261Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Movement 1: Prelude
Track 8 on CDD22062 CD1 [5'49] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 8 on SIGCD261 [6'57] Download only
Track 8 on CDS44121/36 CD2 [5'49] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Fugue
Track 9 on CDD22062 CD1 [5'07] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 9 on SIGCD261 [6'42] Download only
Track 9 on CDS44121/36 CD2 [5'07] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 2 track 9

Movement 2: Fugue
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-79109
Duration
5'07
Recording date
24 April 1993
Recording venue
Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: The Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues (CDA66791/2)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 1993
    Deletion date: February 2006
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22062
  2. Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues (CDD22062)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 2006
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
  3. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 2 Track 9
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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