Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 (BC L101) (WTC I/22)

    Description by James Reel

    Here is one of Bach's most full-bodied preludes, grave and chordal and a bit old-fashioned, introducing an intentionally old-fashioned alla breve fugue, its five voices entering in descending order and engaging in slow, sober counterpoint. Today, alla breve or cut time implies a quick tempo, but this was not always the case, and this fugue almost requires a rather slow pace; in fact, the voicings and the naturally measured tread suggest that Bach conceived this as an organ fugue, or at least wanted to evoke organ sonorities on the harpsichord.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Nimbus Records NI 5948
    2018 APR (Appian) APR 6027
    2017 BIS BIS 2217
    2017 ECM 4814474
    2017 Creative Talents HR 4
    2016 MDG / MDG Gold MDG 3151645
    2015 Indesens INDE 076
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 Entertainment One / eOne 7793
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon B002119902
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2012 Entertainment Group 12701
    2012 Brilliant Classics 94398
    2011 Priory Records PRCD 1035
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Decca
    2009 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT090104
    2009 Brilliant Classics 8909
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 714796
    2008 Motette 12101
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 703622
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2007 Eroica Classical Recordings 3319
    2007 Vista Vera 88
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 907395
    2005 Yarlung Records 52069
    2004 Ondine 1033
    2003 Chandos 10150
    2003 Denon Records / SLG Records 17266
    2003 Eroica Distribution 3119
    2001 Master Class 18
    2000 Naxos 554160
    2000 Media 7 (defunct - now Musisoft) 141339
    2000 Harmonia Mundi 1951285
    2000 Arcobaleno 9428
    2000 Cambria 1118
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Philips 456766
    1999 Sony Classical 64226
    1999 Michele 9003
    1999 Philips 462232
    1997 Point Classics 265027
    1994 Antes Edition 319024
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Marston 52036
    Vox 8766
    Analekta 4037
    London 417715
    Arlecchino 17
    Analekta 23014
    Erato
    Raymond Smullyan
    Opus 3 7915
    Romlin Productions
    The Piano Library 229