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

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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

Recordings

Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues
CDD220622CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 – Samuel Feinberg
CDA674682CDs for the price of 1
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 – Max Reger
CDA676832CDs for the price of 1
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Movement 1: Prelude
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Track 1 on CDA67468 CD1 [6'03] 2CDs for the price of 1
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Track 1 on CDA67683 CD2 [7'35] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 4 on CDD22062 CD2 [6'13] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 4 on CDS44121/36 CD3 [6'13] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Fugue
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Track 2 on CDA67468 CD1 [7'18] 2CDs for the price of 1
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Track 2 on CDA67683 CD2 [8'53] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 5 on CDD22062 CD2 [7'36] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 5 on CDS44121/36 CD3 [7'36] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 3 track 4

Movement 1: Prelude
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-79204
Duration
6'13
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 2 Track 4
    Release date: October 1993
    Deletion date: February 2006
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22062
  2. Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues (CDD22062)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: November 2006
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
  3. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 3 Track 4
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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