Bach – Prelude in B Minor

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I would like to share with you the “Prelude in B Minor” by J.S. Bach. My almost-10-year-old daughter, Hannah, calls it “our [her and my] song”. This piece is simple yet so beautiful. Hannah and I sampled a lot of performances, but this one by Grigory Sokolov is our favorite.

Sokolov won the gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (the Olympic Games for piano players) in 1966 at age 16. That competition was headed by famous Russian pianist Emil Gilels.

Gilels’ performance.:


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Gilels, Grigory Sokolov


  • John Hurst says:

    Hi Vitaliy,
    You have been my introduction to Classical music and i look forward to going on a new adventure in music.

  • Kees v Snabel says:

    Such a delight
    To have this site

  • Jim Edmundson says:

    Awesome! I loved both versions. Very distracting though. I find it hard to work and listen without being drawn into the music. Thanks for sharing.

  • I liked the first version more . It was more mysterious and deeper than the Gilels version . But whatever Bach I hear it;s always a treat . Thank you for this site !

  • Reuben Auscher says:

    Hi Mr. Katzenelson. As an Israeli I like your idea of sending over your son to our country and for having equipped him for such a journey for long. Being an investor in my years of retirement, I do read quite a lot about business and finances. Am more on the momentum side rather than on the value investing. Due to my educational shortcoming ion the domain. I love the fact that you blend in classical music and paintings into you professional writing. Balancing between the rationale and soul. Thumbs up.

  • Rashmikant Dave says:

    Hi Vitally I really liked your finance emails but like you I spend my free time listening to and playing the piano B minor prelude is beautiful I am going to look up the score this evening keep doing the value investing and the music

  • Rashmikant Dave says:

    Hello Vitally I really liked your emails on value in esting but like you I spend my free time loving music and playing the piano I liked the Prelude in B minor will look up the score today.keep up the value investing and the music all the best

  • Bev says:

    Hello Vitaliy; I recently discovered both your finance and, later, classical music emails. The classical music is an especial pleasure since I have listened all my life (and my father before me) but I am excited to find a young person so enthusiastic. I look forward to hearing many more of your selections.

  • Raghu says:

    Hello Vitaliy,

    Your book review (in short) and by default your name came as part of my other subscription – rational reflections by ryan holiday. When I browsed the website, i instantly came across your musical odyssey and loved it instantly. You have a new fan in me. Understanding the western classical in an insightful, fun way is a new experience. Enjoyed this piece and the journey started. Thanks my new find and best in a sense.

  • Emanuel Morales says:

    Hannah has great taste in music as her father Vitaliy Katsenelson. God Bless….

  • Emanuel Morales says:

    Spectacular!!! Hannah has great taste in music like her father Vitaliy 🙏 🤲

  • Emanuel says:

    Que Dios te Bendiga!

  • Vitaly, Although I have had your site on my computer for some time, I never really listened to the music until now. I listened to Horowitz in Moscow, then Bach, my favorite. I loved the Prelude in b minor! Thank you a thousand times over for your site! I am a pianist, a poet, and a gardener living in Montana. Blessings!

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