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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. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

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 

Sound Samples

Suite in A minor BWV 818a: [Prelude] Fort gai
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Allemande
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Courante
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Sarabande
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Menuet
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Gigue
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Allemande from BWV 819
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Allemande
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Courante
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Sarabande a 3
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Bourrée
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Menuets I & II
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Allemande
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Courante
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Sarabande
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Menuets I & II
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Gigue
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Allemande
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Courante
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Sarabande
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Air
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Menuets I & II
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Gigue
French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814: Allemande
French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814: Courante
French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814: Sarabande
French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814: Anglaise
French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814: Menuet I - Trio - Menuet II
French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814: Gigue
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Allemande
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Courante
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Sarabande
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Gavotte I
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Gavotte II
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Air
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Menuet
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Gigue
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Allemande
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Courante
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Sarabande
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Gavotte
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Bourrée
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Loure
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Gigue
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Allemande
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Courante
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Sarabande
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Gavotte
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Menuet polonais
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Petit menuet
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Bourrée
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Gigue

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