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

Decca: 4832150

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

Label:

Decca

Catalogue No:

4832150

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th June 2017

Barcode:

0028948321506

Length:

82 minutes

Medium:

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Released in celebration of the great Russian pianist’s 80th birthday (06 July) this set of the French Suites continues Ashkenazy’s extraordinary journey through the major keyboard works of JS Bach.

A legendary DECCA artist for more than half a century with over 8.5 million units sold worldwide on CD.

Bach’s six French Suites complete on a single CD; the latest in Ashkenazy’s ongoing and critically acclaimed series of Bach recordings.

The release comes together with the Complete Concerto Recordings, also released on 30 June. 46 CDs in original jackets - every concerto recording ever made for Decca with Ashkenazy as pianist.

The Guardian wrote of his set of the 48: “merits a place alongside the finest versions of this much-recorded cycle, those by interpreters such as Edwin Fischer, Sviatoslav Richter and Glenn Gould”

“Ashkenazy's approach is closest to that of Edwin Fischer in his directness, articulation and absolute trust in the music's own poetic strengths” The Guardian

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

6. Gigue

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

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Menuet I-II

5. Gavotte

6. Gigue

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

1. Allemande

2. Courante

3. Sarabande

4. Gavotte

5. Air

6. Menuet

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. Menuet Polonaise

6. Bourrée

7. Petit Menuet

8. Gigue

The Observer

16th July 2017

***

“Ashkenazy aims above all at clarity, and the playing is very fluent, with especially rapid-fire Courantes and noble Sarabandes, the dances always clipped and precise.”

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