I like these two a lot better than the end of WTC I; I think the fugues in particular are more accessible for the audience. In the last one, I felt that you had better control over the fugue than the prelude, which is the way to go in performance since the fugue is always second.
As usual, your fugue phrasing kept its consistency, which makes it more enjoyable for the musicians in the crowd.
Thanks Stu. I have usually far more trouble with the preludes than with the fugues. Mainly as preludes are often fast and ornamented. A lighter action would do wonders but I have to make do with the somewhat sluggish Gaveau. Glad to hear the voicing is sort of ok. I've been bashed about that by several people over the years, and it seems to have helped a bit
The closing fugue of book I is a tortuous affair indeed, like ascending a steep mountain and almost falling down from exhaustion once or twice. It's not for the fainthearted. The victory is immense though once you proudly plant the flag on top. In comparison, the closing fugue of book 2 is a bit deadpan. I'd have liked something more monumental to close the WTC.
As an aside: When you redo these, are you able to separate prelude from fugue? I.e., can you redo one without having to redo the other? Seems a shame to burn a bridge if you don't have to.
I've only done that one one or two occasions, and then very quickly after. Typically I redo both, as the piano sound and my own disposition could be different another day.