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Prelude in F minor, WoO55

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The Prelude in F Minor, WoO55, is thought to have been composed in 1803 (it was published in Vienna in 1805), though some sources contend it may date from as early as 1787. It is tempting to hear it as the dark, moody creation of the angsty seventeen-year-old Beethoven. More precisely, the Prelude betrays the young Beethoven’s deep study of Bach’s keyboard preludes. (In 1783, Beethoven’s teacher, Christian Gottlieb Neefe, published the following on his student’s behalf: 'Louis van Beethoven … a boy of 11 years [sic] and of most promising talent. He plays the piano very skillfully and with power, reads at sight very well, and I need say no more than that the chief piece he plays is Das wohltemperirte Clavier of Sebastian Bach, which Herr Neefe put into his hands … The youthful genius … would surely become a second Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart if he were to continue as he has begun.')

from notes by Patrick Castillo © 2017

Recordings

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 & works for solo piano
Studio Master: SIGCD525Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 4 on SIGCD525 [2'29] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD525 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-18-52504
Duration
2'29
Recording date
20 April 2017
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Anna Barry
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 & works for solo piano (SIGCD525)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 2018
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