J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XVII in Ab Major

The Prelude begins with a Concerto movement feeling, and its binary form, rare in Book One but generously invoked in Book Two presents an opportunity for embellishment and improvisation.

I recorded both of the Ab’s over the course of three days, the two Preludes on the first day. The Fugues took each a full day working to a suitable complete take. My normal routine is to record two Preludes & Fugues over the course of a weekend. I finished the A’s yesterday morning, having felt confident enough for a Friday night assay of the A Major. This Ab pair might be the hardest of the whole 48.

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