I wish your prelude was a bit slower, but I guess I feel more pain in it than you do. Your performance of the fugue (5-voice) is also wonderful. I like very much the way you voiced the parts and the attention you give to each of the 3 subjects in this work. Again, I prefer it a bit slower to convey the majesty of it (but who wants to make a Bach fugue even longer than necessary?).
Very good performance, especially the fugue which is swift but not necessarily too fast. Although I like it slower (fugues can NEVER be too long
) it sort of works at this somewhat brisk pace. The grand ritenuto at bar 73 seems slightly over the top - maybe it was on the spur of the moment.
The prelude, which IMO is one of Bach's most serene pieces, I do find too fast though, and somehow too restless and unquiet. I don't find this interpretation entirely convincing but that is just personal taste of course.
The prelude is in 6/4 time, and to my mind it absolutely has to be two beats in a bar. If you feel six distinct beats, then it becomes stodgy--almost all of Bach's preludes are based on dance rhythms, and need a certain amount of movement. Yes, this prelude does express sorrow, but in a graceful sort of way. My tempo is around 40 beats per minute, which to me feels slow enough when I play it!
Yes, the fugue could have been a little slower. I find these long fugues challenging--it's hard to maintain the intensity throughout, and to perceive the architecture of the piece as a unified whole--I try to find a compromise between a tempo I can manage and something that fits the character. I did get a bit carried away with the rich bass of the piano at bar 73!