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Prelude in A minor, BWV551


The Prelude in A minor, BWV551 corresponds to the scale of the North German models for this type of composition. The sections are all much shorter than in the E major Toccata and the two fugue subjects are less obviously related, but the rising chromatic phrase, which is an element of both, gives a feeling of unity. The highly concentrated postlude—based largely on new material—rounds off the piece in a dramatic and exciting fashion.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1997

Die Form des Präludiums in a-Moll, BWV551, ist ähnlicher Natur, jedoch in kleinerem Rahmen. Hinsichtlich seines Umfangs entspricht es eher den norddeutschen Beispielen dieses Genres. Die Präludiumsteile sind generell kürzer als die Teile der E-Dur-Toccata, und die Verbindung der beiden Fugenthemen ist weniger offensichtlich. Durch eine ansteigende chromatische Phrase—ein Element, das beide Fugenthemen gemeinsam haben—entsteht jedoch ein Gefühl der Einheit. Das äußerst konzentrierte Nachspiel, das größtenteils auf neuem Material basiert, verleiht dem Stück einen dramatischen und spannenden Schluß.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Westrop © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner


Bach: Organ Miniatures
CDA67211/22CDs Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 13
Studio Master: SIGCD813Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted


Track 5 on CDA67211/2 CD2 [5'20] 2CDs Archive Service
Track 9 on SIGCD813 [5'17] Download only
Track 5 on CDS44121/36 CD6 [5'20] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67211/2 disc 2 track 5

Recording date
21 November 1996
Recording venue
Stadtkirche, Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
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  1. Bach: Organ Miniatures (CDA67211/2)
    Disc 2 Track 5
    Release date: June 1997
    Deletion date: May 2008
    2CDs Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 6 Track 5
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
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