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Bach: Keyboard Partitas BWV 825-830 / Jean Louis Steuermann


Release Date: 03/17/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 416616   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In transplanting harpsichord music to the piano there are things that are acceptable and believable, and other things which are not, as my colleagues and I are wont to point out from time to time; some arise from the differences between the two instruments and others from the interpretative 'traditions' of those who play them. The numerous peccadillos of Schiff's Partitas (Decca) are, as LS has said, largely of the latter kind; those (fewer) of Steuerman's are entirely so and he is the clear winner of a two-horse race with Bach's name written on the winning post. There is, however, so much that is admirable in Steuerman's set that one regrets those things which make it less than the 'ideal' one we are still waiting for. To LS's enumeration Read more of those things I would add only that Steuerman's way with repeats is particularly distrubing: when time permits them, as it does here, the omission of repeats is hard to defend not least when the expectation of one is rudely dismissed by one of Steuerman's summary endings. Neither am I enamoured of the clangorous bass sounds he occasionally produces, in the later stages of the D major Ouverture for instance, and harsh treble sounds are not entirely absent. With these reservations, Steuerman's is the best (albeit well rather than ideally recorded) set of the Partitas yet on offer from a pianist: either choose it or wait for the as-yet-unattained ideal to come along.'

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [2/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1. Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  London 
4. Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
5. Partita for Keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jean Louis Steuerman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 

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