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Bach: English Suites No 2, 4 & 5 / Murray Perahia


Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60277   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Murray Perahia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)."
During the 1720s, Bach grouped his harpsichord suites into two sets of six each and assembled a third, that was newly composed. These compositions have survived as the English Suites, French Suites and Partitas. Only the Partitas were published in Bach's lifetime. The English Suites are the earliest of these keyboard works and three of them are the focus of this recording by pianist Murray Perahia.
There is nothing especially "English" about these works and their misleading title is one that was never known by Bach. Dubious titles notwithstanding, the works are marvels of invention that marry intellectually
Read more challenging contrapuntal lines to sublime melodies. Perahia wisely says the suites are "heart and mind connected."
Perahia dazzles in this music. He excels in the twisting contrapuntal complexities of each suite: particularly the Prelude of the Second Suite and the Gigue of the Fourth. Perahia also revels in the melodic splendor of the elegiac slower movements, his playing of the Allemande of the Fifth Suite a high point of the disc. Perahia's Bach is yet another jewel in the crown of this wonderful pianist. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel 
Length: 21 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
English Suite no 4 in F major, BWV 809 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel 
Length: 21 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
English Suite no 5 in E minor, BWV 810 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Murray Perahia (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel 
Length: 20 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Prélude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Bourrée
VI. Bourrée II
VII. Gigue
I. Prélude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Menuett I
VI. Menuett II
VII. Gigue
I. Prélude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Passepied I (en Rondeau)
VI. Passepied II
VII. Gigue

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