Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 24 in B minor (WTC II/24), BWV 893 (BC L127)

    Description by James Reel

    A determined, forward-pressing but not too speedy two-part invention serves as the final prelude in Bach's monumental Well-Tempered Clavier. The lower voice imitates the upper at an octave's interval, and successive entries shift through related keys. The fugue announces itself with a passepied theme in the alto voice, with soprano and bass subsequently joining in. A countersubject accompanies these entries, without significantly differentiating itself from the main theme. A wholly new subject does arrive in the bass, initially as an accompaniment to the second entrance of the main subject, and thereafter serves as the principal theme's constant companion.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Blue Griffin Recording BG 463
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2011 Decca
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Ars Musici 232269
    2010 Decca
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 714814
    2006 Music & Arts CD1187
    2003 Music & Arts MACD1113
    2003 Music & Arts CD1113
    2002 Deutsche Grammophon 469 259-2GP2
    2000 Orfeo D'Or 530001
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1997 Point Classics 265020
    1994 Deutsche Grammophon 439672
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    Analekta 4040
    Pilz 160142
    History 204582
    Arlecchino 17
    Analekta 23017
    Alpha Productions 100A