Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 5 in D major, BWV 850 (BC L84) (WTC I/5)

    Description by James Reel

    Here's one of Bach's brighter preludes, with a busy patter in the treble never pausing for breath; it's pricked from below by a tick-tock figure in the bass. Toward the end, the bass line joins the treble in a fuller partnership, but this quickly throws the music into a few bars of toccata-like spasms. One of those flourishes echoes in the fugal subject, a rumble followed by two dotted-note figures. This is the sort of thing that could be employed in a French overture, but Bach launches a short fugue with it, breaking the theme into its component parts during the section of free counterpoint rather than developing a full counter-theme.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Nimbus Records NI 5950
    2019 Deutsche Grammophon 4835869
    2018 Doremi Records DHR 80634
    2018 Berlin Classics 0301063 BC
    2018 Deutsche Grammophon 4835022
    2018 Pavane ADW 4001
    2017 Eudora EUDSACD 1703
    2017 BIS BIS 2217
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 IBA [Idil Biret Archives] 8508016
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon B002119902
    2014 Broken Audio BRAU 1160
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2012 Flying Steps / Zebralution
    2012 APR (Appian) APR 7304
    2011 Decca
    2010 Steinway & Sons 30001
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Decca
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon 4778122
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon
    2007 Columbia 88697147672
    2007 Warner Classics
    2006 Doremi Records 7740
    2005 Ambroisie 9977
    2003 Decca 472758
    2001 Master Class 18
    2001 Decca / Polygram 1575612
    2001 MetroMusic / Sophia Sounds 108
    2000 Angel Records 67210
    2000 Naxos 554160
    2000 Signum Classics / Signum UK 024
    2000 Sony Classical 89344
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Haenssler 92137
    1999 Sony Classical 64226
    1998 Analekta 23012
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 457667
    1998 IMP Classics 106920
    1997 VAI Audio 1139
    1996 Nimbus NI8808
    1995 Naxos 553097
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Pavane 7029
    Arlecchino 17
    Pearl 16
    Rob Digital 0058
    Ambroisie / Naïve 9977
    EMI Music Distribution 762532