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Bach: Complete Partitas For Harpsichord / Blandine Verlet


Release Date: 02/14/1995 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 442559   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Though the pattern of movements which Bach adopted in each of his six keyboard partitas is essentially regular and traditional he achieves within it a wonderfully stylistic diversity whose cosmopolitan language is immediate in its ability to touch our emotions. The pieces were widely admired by Bach's contemporaries, above all for their melodies, expressive range and innovative qualities....Sometimes in the past Verlet's playing has struck my ears as being too matter-of-fact, though I hasten to add that her contempt for the extremes of early music cant has long been among her refreshing virtues. But here her subtle and lively responses to Bach's richly diverse stylistic palette are rewarding."

-- BBC Music
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"Blandine Verlet, one of the finest current harpsichordists around, is driven by an inner need to make music and, the study period over, the notes become living things under her fingers. Perhaps more than any other harpsichordist, she makes use of a remarkably flexible rubato, reporting faithfully to the metronome, but not at short intervals. Though it is applied with unfailing musicality it may disturb conservative listeners who like Bach to arrive with strict punctuality, the more since it is immediately apparent in the Praeludium of the first Partita. For those who are willing to subjugate their prejudices the music will acquire a new and very human dimension...The full scale of the Partitas is conveyed fully, as is the grandeur of the French Overture."

-- Gramophone [10/1978]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
6.
Partita for Keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Blandine Verlet (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 

Sound Samples

Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825: 1. Praeludium
Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825: 2. Allemande
Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825: 3. Corrente
Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825: 4. Sarabande
Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825: 5. Menuet I
Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825: 6. Menuet II
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826: 1. Sinfonia (Grave adagio - Andante)
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826: 2. Allemande
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826: 3. Courante
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826: 4. Sarabande
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826: 5. Rondeaux
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826: 6. Capriccio
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 1. Fantasia
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 2. Allemande
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 3. Corrente
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 4. Sarabande
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 5. Burlesca
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 6. Scherzo
Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827: 7. Gigue
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 1. Overture
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 2. Allemande
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 3. Courante
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 4. Aria
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 5. Sarabande
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 6. Menuet
Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828: 7. Gigue
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 1. Praeambulum
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 2. Allemande
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 3. Corrente
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 4. Sarabande
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 5. Tempo di minuetto
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 6. Passepied
Partita No.5 in G, BWV 829: 7. Gigue
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 1. Toccata
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 2. Allemande
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 3. Corrente
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 4. Air
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 5. Sarabande
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 6. Tempo di gavotta
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830: 7. Gigue
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 1. Ouverture
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 2. Courante
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 3. Gavotte I-II
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 4. Passepied I-II
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 5. Sarabande
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 6. Bourrée I-II
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 7. Gigue
Partita (French Overture) for Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 831: 8. Echo

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