Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 (BC L81) (WTC I/2)

    Description by James Reel

    This prelude, like its predecessor in C major, is known to virtually every keyboard student. Its first half is fast and motoric, with a little tick-tock figure occurring on the downbeats. A transitional passage brings some relief from the driven nature of the rhythm, and this dissolves into a brief toccata that retains a kinship to the earlier music even as it surges up and down the keyboard. The fugue offers surprising contrast: a studied, rather playful figure consisting of a triplet, almost a little trill, followed by two more notes. This figure repeats and spins out enough material to support a multivoice fugue, maintaining a strong presence even during an episode of otherwise generic passagework.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Präludium Nr. 2 C-Moll
    2. Fugue Nr. 2 C-Moll

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Nimbus Records NI 5948
    2018 Claves 501807
    2018 Deutsche Grammophon 4835022
    2017 MSR Classics MS 1665
    2017 Berlin Classics 0301005 BC
    2017 Eudora EUDSACD 1703
    2017 BIS BIS 2217
    2017 Aparte AP 117
    2017 Deutsche Grammophon 4796888
    2016 Gramola GRAM 99105
    2015 Johan Åhlén RN 501741
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 Stone Records 8057
    2015 Bayard Musique B 3084302
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon B002119902
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2013 Passacaille 976
    2012 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2012 Dooload.de / Zebralution
    2012 Flying Steps / Zebralution
    2012 APR (Appian) APR 7304
    2012 World Music Network
    2012 Naxos Digital Compilations 900124
    2011 Documents 233079
    2011 Decca
    2011 Sony Music Distribution
    2011 Champs Hill Records 17
    2010 EtCetera Records 1390
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Decca
    2010 Red Priest / Red Priest Recordings 7
    2009 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT090104
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Distribution 4776248
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon 001250402
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Highscore / Zebralution
    2008 Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Distribution 1426
    2007 Columbia 88697147672
    2006 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88697028312
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 000414802
    2005 Ambroisie 9977
    2004 Ondine 1033
    2004 Red House Records REDHOUSE 001
    2004 East Side Digit 81732
    2003 Konnex 5097
    2002 Archipel 51
    2002 Big Blu Music / Consumervision 6142
    2002 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Leisure / Prism Platinum PLATCD 737
    2001 Madacy Distribution 708
    2001 Orfeo 547011
    2001 Decca / Polygram 1575612
    2001 East Side Digit ESD 81602
    2000 Harmonia Mundi 1951285
    2000 RCA 63554
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Philips 462949
    1999 Haenssler 92137
    1999 Madacy 9507
    1999 Philips / PolyGram 465212
    1999 Madacy 8419
    1999 Sony Classical 64226
    1999 Empire Music Group Inc. 399
    1999 Pearl 9096
    1998 Analekta 23012
    1998 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77604
    1997 Lifestyle Classics / Intersound 1732
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 66487
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 66252
    1996 Harmonia Mundi 390873
    1995 VAI Audio 1051
    1995 Centaur Records 2181
    1995 Naxos 553097
    1995 Madacy 501
    1995 Madacy 0503
    1994 Madacy 3615
    1994 Document 953
    1993 Pearl 9489
    1992 Harmonia Mundi 390801
    1992 Timeless 198
    1992 Telarc Distribution 80323
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Arlecchino 17
    EMI Classics
    EMI Classics
    Ambroisie / Naïve 9977
    CBS Records 7194
    East Side Digit ESD 81422