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Bach: French Suites / Davitt Moroney


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 61653   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The French Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach are known to students of piano and listeners alike. Like so much of Bach's keyboard music, they were designed as teaching works for his students, but became masterpieces of depth and sublimity. This recording on harpsichord elicits the nuances of Bach's music which is composed into the pieces themselves, requiring less individual expressiveness as associated with music of the romantic era, and rather an understanding of the conventions of the time such as the complex use of trills and ornaments. The reason for these was simple: the harpsichord Bach was using had far less capacity for volume and range than the pianos used by later composers. Consequently, ornaments were the center point of aural Read more focus and required a very detailed understanding by the performer.
This recording by Davitt Moroney shows such an understanding, as well as for tempo and lines of counterpoint. Listening to these pieces as Bach would have likely heard them gives an appreciation for them beyond a clarity for period sound, to the compositional elements used by Bach to achieve his extraordinary expressiveness on an instrument whose range was slight compared to the ones audiences are accustomed to today. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite in A minor, BWV 818a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Suite in E flat major, BWV 819a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1730s; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
French Suite no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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