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


Markus Becker (piano)
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Release date: June 2009
Total duration: 32 minutes 56 seconds

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

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Christopher Herrick (organ)


'A new kind of Bach sound which belongs to both piano and organ … [BWV14] is slow and thoughtful, yet is made serenely beautiful in Becker's glowing performance … fascinating, and I do recommend you to try this collection. It really is rewarding' (Gramophone)

'Markus Becker is a heroic exponent of this obscure yet satisfying repertoire … the core of the two discs is Reger's series of Chorale Prelude transcriptions, in which … he finds a profound and plangent expressiveness … a fascinating addition to Hyperion's series of Bach transcriptions' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Marvelous, both Reger and Becker balancing the intimate moments with the public ones' (Fanfare, USA)
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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