Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 871 (BC L105) (WTC II/2)

    Description by James Reel

    The rapid, strongly rhythmic, head-bobbing prelude has much in common with Bach's earlier Two-Part Inventions; since Bach assembled the second book of the Well-Tempered Clavier over the course of two decades, the prelude may well date from the period of the inventions, although it is more extended than those pieces. The four voices of the fugue enter in the order alto, soprano, tenor, and bass. Whereas the prelude is very much a harpsichord piece, this rather slow fugue seems well-suited to the organ. Toward the end, Bach raises the tension with a stretto section with overlapping thematic entries, but he scales back the final bars into a solemn, direct, lighter-textured conclusion.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2015 Mary Dawood
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2013 Passacaille 976
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Ars Musici 232269
    2010 Decca
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 714805
    2006 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88697028312
    2006
    Ton
    Encora ENC 003
    2001 Signum Classics / Signum UK SIGCD034
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1997 VAI Audio 1139
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Analekta 4038
    Pilz 160139
    Pilz 160139
    Arlecchino 17
    Analekta 23015
    History 204581
    Opus 3 7915