Bach, J S: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817

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Bach, J S: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Instrumental

Gramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - November 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month

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DG

Catalogue No:

4796565

Discs:

2

Release date:

4th Nov 2016

Barcode:

0028947965657

Length:

91 minutes

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Murray Perahia has always felt a great affinity with the music of Bach, having played some of his pieces since childhood and been powerfully influenced by a performance he attended at the age of fifteen of the St Matthew Passion conducted by Pablo Casals. He also found solace in studying the composer on a daily basis during a period in which illness prevented him from playing. He sees the French Suites as “Bach on the highest level,” adding, “I don’t think Bach wrote one note that didn’t have wider meanings and that wasn’t to be tackled with all one’s heart and soul.” His recording revels in the music’s diverse moods, from melancholy tenderness to out-and-out joy, and brings out every nuance of its elegant phrasing and expressive dance rhythms.

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.1 In D Minor, BWV 812

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Menuet I-II

5. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.2 In C Minor, BWV 813

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Air

5. Menuet I-II

6. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.3 In B Minor, BWV 814

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Anglaise

5. Menuet I-II

6. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.4 In E Flat, BWV 815

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Gavotte I-II

5. Menuet

6. Air

7. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.5 In G, BWV 816

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Gavotte

5. Bourrée

6. Loure

7. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.6 In E, BWV 817

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Gavotte

5. Polonaise

6. Petit Menuet

7. Bourrée

8. Gigue

Gramophone Magazine

November 2016

“As we expect from Perahia, everything sounds natural and inevitable. Ego doesn’t come into it: rather, he acts as a conduit between composer and audience with a purity that few can emulate...I’ve only had this recording for five days but I predict a long and happy future in its company.”

Financial Times

4th November 2016

“In Perahia’s hands every note of the music sings and its siren beauty is surely impossible to resist.”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2016

*****

“Perahia is unrivalled in coaxing a subtle dialogue in the dances that resort to the artful pared-back minimalism of the two-part invention. There’s nowhere to hide and Perahia’s effortless variety of touch, love of teasing voice-leading, and conversational affability would have it no other way…this is a set that gets ever more persuasive on repeated listening”

New York Times

15th December 2016

“No recording I have heard these past months has sounded as instantly, undefinably right...The piano’s tone is pristine, the articulation clean, the balance between the hands immaculate, the overall tenor both spirited and rapt.”

Presto Classical

Chris O'Reilly

16th December 2016

“Perahia’s innate musicianship, completely free of any mannerisms or distractions, demands repeated listening.”

Sunday Times

8th January 2017

“When performed as they are here...these works yield nothing in interest and charm...Perahia’s playing is a constant delight — and by not eschewing the sustaining pedal, he paradoxically makes the piano sound more harpsichord-like.”

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