In its original form, the Prelude and Fugue was probably written around 1712 when Bach was in his 20s in Weimar. Years later in 1733, Bach provided it to his son, Wilhelm Friedemann, as an audition piece for the music director post of Sophienkirche in Dresden. As the Netherlands Bach Society notes, J.S. Bach wrote a letter of recommendation for his son “on the same paper as a fresh copy of BWV 541.”
I am back at the stunning, historic, St. Martini Church in Groningen. The organ, sampled by Sonus Paradisi, is a true masterpiece. The accoustic is thrilling and makes this performance sound quite a bit better than it might otherwise :)
Many years ago I learned 541 and recently dusted it off to bring some sunshine to winter days.
This year I added 550 to my repertoire (also in G major, and characteristic of a youthful Bach).
Check that out here: https://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/40818
Recorded on my home #hauptwerk setup.
MIDI Console by Content
Mac Mini 64GB Ram
Motu Ultralite-mk3 Audio Interface
Sampleset: Groningen, St. Martini