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Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV534


Piers Lane (piano)
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Release date: March 2010
Total duration: 17 minutes 38 seconds

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

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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)
The F minor Prelude and Fugue, BWV534 is an uneven work of powerful moments vitiated by some technical miscalculations, but there is no denying the majesty of the prelude’s springing manual figures over striding pedal scales nor the serious and thorough working of an early example of the allabreve fugue, with its typically anguished drooping diminished 7th in the subject.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Le Prélude et Fugue en fa mineur, BWV534 est une œuvre inégale, dans laquelle de puissants moments sont affaiblis par certains mauvais calculs techniques, mais on ne peut nier la majesté des figures de clavier bondissantes du prélude au-dessus de gammes de pédales à la marche rapide, ni la sérieuse et complète élaboration d’un exemple précédent de la fugue allabreve, avec sa septième diminuée descendante, typiquement tourmentée, dans le sujet.

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

Präludium und Fuge in f-Moll, BWV534 sind ein unausgeglichenes Werk voller eindrucksvoller Momente, die durch technische Fehlkalkulationen verdorben werden. Dennoch sind weder die Erhabenheit der federnden Manualfiguren des Präludiums über getragenen Pedalläufen zu leugnen, noch die ernsthafte und gründliche Verarbeitung eines frühen Beispiels der Allabreve-Fuge mit typisch angstvollen, matten verminderten Septimen im Subjekt.

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

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