Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855 (BC L89) (WTC I/10)

    Description by James Reel

    A tentative melody in the treble keens and trills over a steady but restless accompaniment worrying the bass clef; toward the end, everything seems to break into double speed, the pathos suddenly giving way to urgency. This impetus carries over into the short fugue, with its fast, driving, down-sliding subject. In less than four minutes, Bach has delivered a small musical drama that makes up in emotional effect what it may lack in structural ingenuity.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude
    2. Fugue

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Berlin Classics 0301063 BC
    2018 Deutsche Grammophon 4835022
    2017 Eudora EUDSACD 1703
    2015 Sony Classical 88875032222
    2014 Deutsche Grammophon B002119902
    2014 Melodiya MELCD 1002224
    2013 Mirare MIR 235
    2013 Lawler + Fadoul
    2012 Flying Steps / Zebralution
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Decca
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926506
    2009 Zig Zag Territoires ZZT090104
    2009 Highscore / Zebralution
    2006 BBC Legends / BBC Music 41712
    2006 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88697028312
    2004 Ondine 1033
    2001 Decca / Philips / Universal / Verve E5425532
    2000 Andes 1005
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Sony Classical 64226
    1998 Philips / Mercury/Phonogram PHCE-12003
    1998 Analekta 23012
    1994 VAI Audio 1085
    1994 Deutsche Grammophon 439672
    1990 Hyperion CDA66351/4
    1989 Philips 836821-2
    Arlecchino 17
    Duet 04
    12 Street 4222
    CBS Records Masterworks 36660
    Duet 80