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Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV532


Piers Lane (piano)
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Release date: March 2010
Total duration: 19 minutes 24 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)

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David Goode (organ)
Christopher Herrick (organ)


'Lane takes no prisoners in these sonorous and exhilarating performances, conjuring up from the Steinway's richly resonant bass a cathedral's 32 foot pedal division to thrilling effect … I guarantee you will come away awed anew by the genuis of Bach and amazed by the ingenuity of d'Albert' (Gramophone)

'D'Albert's versions of the the C minor Passacaglia, and the Preludes and Fugues in C minor and A major, are extraordinary and exquisite, and Lane plays them with a ravishing finesse that belies their often monumental difficulty' (The Guardian)

'I found Lane's Prelude (Toccata) and Fugue in D minor, BWV538 unassailably alive to the possibilities that both Bach and d'Albert leave open. The rhythmic impulse never flags, the pithy contrapuntal detail keeps afloat and there is a subliminal sense of goal to keep the thing intact. The A major Fugue, BWV536 shows the pianist highly authoritative and, for me, underlines the highest musicianship' (International Record Review)

'Masterly performances by Piers Lane. D'Albert's versions … didn't attempt to make the instrument sound like a cathedral organ. In his ingenious hands, they become compelling piano pieces' (The Sunday Times)
Dating from 1709 or earlier, the D major Prelude and Fugue, BWV532 shares, with a number of other early (or early versions of) preludes and fugues, an inter-connecting adagio between the two. Here the structure is taken a stage further, with a free toccata (to announce the key) introducing a brisk patterned, rather Italian movement, before a markedly powerful sequence of harmony, with double pedal, to close. The Spielfuge, borrowing elements from Buxtehude, is chiefly remarkable for its unflagging energy and supremely virtuoso pedal part; surely it was this piece which inspired the contemporary comment that Bach’s feet flew across the pedals as birds on the wing.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Datant de 1709 ou même avant, le Prélude et Fugue en ré majeur, BWV532 a en commun avec un certain nombre d’autres parmi les premiers préludes et fugues (ou les premières versions) un adagio reliant les deux parties. Ici le développement de la structure va plus loin avec une toccata libre (pour annoncer le ton) qui introduit un mouvement vif et orné, plutôt italien, avant de se terminer par une très puissante séquence d’harmonie, avec double pédale. L’énergie infatigable et sa partie de pédale suprêmement virtuose sont les deux caractéristiques remarquables de la Spielfuge, qui emprunte encore des éléments à Buxtehude; c’est sans aucun doute ce morceau qui a inspiré le commentaire contemporain que les pieds de Bach volaient sur les pédales comme des oiseaux en plein essor.

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

D-Dur, BWV532, 1709 oder früher entstanden, hat es mit anderen frühen Präludien und Fugen (bzw. deren frühen Versionen) ein Adagio gemeinsam, das die beiden Teile verbindet. Hier geht es mit diesem Aufbau insofern einen Schritt weiter, als eine freie Tokkata (zur Einführung der Tonart) einen lebhaft gefügten, italienisch anmutenden Satz einleitet, ehe zum Abschluß eine betont eindrucksvolle harmonische Sequenz mit doppeltem Pedal erklingt. Die Spielfuge, die wiederum Stilelemente von Buxtehude aufgreift, ist insbesondere wegen ihrer nicht nachlassenden Energie und ihres überaus virtuosen Pedalparts bemerkenswert; gewiß war es dieses Stück, das zu dem zeitgenössischen Kommentar angeregt hat, Bachs Füße seien über die Pedale geeilt wie Vögel im Flug.

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

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