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Bach: French Suites Nos. 1-4 / Beier


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Alfi Records   Catalog #: 37082  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Beier
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

J.S.Bach's tenure as Kapellmeister to Prince Leopold at Cöthen (1717-1722) was particulary rich in works for solo instruments - the sonatas and partitas for solo violin and suites for solo violoncello derive from this period, as well as numerous keyboard works. It was also a period for sadness at the death of his first wife, Maria Barbara, in 1720, and happiness at his marriage to Anna Magdalena in 1721. For this event, Bach compiled a little notebook of harpsichord music as a wedding gift, and amongst the pieces found there are the four suits recorded here. Many years after Bach's death, Friedrich Wilhelm Marpung added two suites from a later notebook to from what he called the six 'French Suites', but the music is not, in fact, Read more particulary in the French style, and this designation was never intended the composer. Paul Beier graduated from the Royal College of Music, London under Diana Poulton. He has performed in Europe, North and South America and Australia as soloist, director of Galatea, member of various groups and as continuo player in orchestral and opera productions. His solo lute repertoire extends from the Italian Cinquecento to the music of Bach and Weiss. Founder and director of Galatea, he has also collaborated with Aglaia, Aurora, La Cetra, Ensemble Concerto, Nova Ars Cantandi, Pacific Baroque, La Risonanza, etc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Beier (Baroque Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Beier (Baroque Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
French Suite no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Beier (Baroque Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Beier (Baroque Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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