Sunday, March 17, 2013

Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 875 – Chiara Massini

Last week I promised a short post for Early Music Sunday & then went on a bit at length about Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier & the question of enharmonic notes in meantone & well temperaments. But today’s post really will be short!

Our featured artist on Early Music Sundays in March is harpsichord player Chiara Massini. While Massini performs a diverse selection of harpsichord literature, she has made many recordings of Bach pieces, so I’m featuring her performance of various preludes & fugues from the collection of 48 by Bach now called The Well-Tempered Clavier. Today’s selection comes from Book 2, the later collection that was compiled in 1742, 20 years after the original Das Wohltemperierte Klavier.  Since the second compilation, like the first, takes us through all 24 major & minor keys, we again find ourselves in D minor.

Chiara Massini’s playing is a real delight. I invite you to visit her website as well as her fine YouTube channel, where you can hear a much wider range of her work than we can cover in five Sundays!


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1 comment:

  1. Nice! I hadn't heard this prelude and fugue pair before. Thanks!


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