yeah, I also wish us a happy New Bach Year, of course. A year without Bach, what would that be?! A year without elixir of life, isn´t it?
I´m back from Switzerland now and found some time to comment your new submissions.
To BWV 857: the prelude
is nicely played, with some nice musical moments. The tempo for me personally is at the highest limit, but it still works. Congrats to the voicing in the fugue
! I think, that´s the first time, I hear a fugue with real elaborated voicing by you. Even in the tenor the subject comes out clearly. Except at the end (last theme-entry) there you don´t underline the subject, but I suppose it´s intentional: you probably wanted to underline the sighing-motifs in the other voices here. That´s a concept, fine!
To BWV 881: the prelude
is full of very nice agogical moments, also the ritardando in the last eight bars before the very end in the repeat of the second part is great taste IMHO.
If you would like me to nag a bit, I could say, that you don´t realize all the eigth-breaks at the end of the sighing-motifs, you take them always in the pedal and play them as quarters. But on the other side you bring out some sighing-motifs very musically, giving the first note a little accent (that´s the basic idea of sighing-motifs, isn´t it?!). In bar 32 you play g-flat instead of g-natural on the second eigth (should be the major third here instead of minor third).
The voicing in this fugue
is not as well as in the f-minor-fugue of the first book, but at some places it´s also not too bad. In every case you have improved your voicing-techniques in summary, that´s evident (and your new recording-device helps very much to bring it out clearly!). I think, this fugue is nicely played and it has a good "drive".
So, have my congratulations to these high quality recordings! I think, there is no need of re-recording.
The two counterpoints are also fine, though I have to admit I didn´t find the time to listen with score. (I still could do this, if you wish.)