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Bach French Suite


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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B00000I9K7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allemande
2. Courante
3. Sarabande
4. Gavotte
5. Bourrée
6. Loure
7. Gigue
8. Ouverture
9. Courante
10. Gavotte 1, Gavotte 2, Gavotte 1
11. Passepied 1, Passepied 2, Passepied 1
12. Sarabande
13. Bourree 1, Bourree 2, Bourree 1
14. Gigue
15. Echo

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enobarbus on 21 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Alongside Argerich's, this is one of the finest discs of Bach on the piano. Anderszewski has a formidable technique: every note is crisply articulated, the pedalling all but imperceptible. He plays these pieces in the French style with enormous virility and poise and his voicing is a model of clarity.

The major work is the French Overture- effectively the seventh partita - and every movement is compelling characterised with delightful echo effects where they are called for (the work was written for a two manual harpsichord). The fifth French Suite sounds a much more substantial and interesting work here than it does in the hands of Gould or even Schiff. The Gigue, in particular, has a delightful swagger.

The only shortcoming is Harmonia Mundi's nasty little cardboard slipcase.

Every aspiring Bach pianist should live with this disc!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Munro on 22 July 2011
Format: MP3 Download
A beautiful find like an out of the way pub. The music grows on you the more you listen to it, if you don't know it already. It is light, measured, well-paced and calms your spirit or cheers you up - music for all moods.
I'm not a musical expert, but I would thoroughly recommend this to all piano/Bach lovers. Well worth the price.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A unique pianist 24 Nov. 1999
By Peter Charleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maybe people think that the age of great interpreters and great performances is over,that there are no Lippatis,Rubensteins or Paderewskis left.There are.Here is the proof.This pianist is of Polish-Hungarian ancestry and French upbringing.His Polish grandfather was part of the resistance to Nazi tyranny and died in Aushwitz.His sister Dorota is leader of a European orchestra and they often play in public together.They have recorded together and have many dates over the next season,including Wigmore Hall in May.His programmes attack any notion that music can be popularized and include large chunks of Szymanowski,Bach and his idol Beethoven.Given the choice to record whatever he wanted on this disc he typically chose two big and uncompromising works of Bach.In Dublin in March he insisted on ending his recital with the French Suite no 5.Only a great pianist could dare an audience to focus their concentration so completely at the end of a recital that he would be given the freedom not to play at them but for himself alone.That is what he did and it worked.Here on this disc it works too.My old piano teacher used to say that if you are upset,depressed or ill then listen to Bach because it will put you in touch with absoloute truth and so with healing.This Bach has no crazed mannerisms,no self-indulgence and nothing but the priviledge of hearing one of the great pianists contemplating the infinite mystery of a mind so devoted to the truth that it enters the realm of the divine.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Bach is the best medecine 21 Jan. 2000
By Peter Charleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There have been a few incomparable Bach players.Here is another.This series of recordings celebrates the emerging talent of the new generation.Very few pianists would choose to give a Bach recital;why not choose something big and show off your talent?This Polish master could'nt care less because he cares about music.He seems to say that this is what I play for myself and you can listen if you like but what I do is what the music tells me and not what sounds clever or flashy.The result needs no comparison with anyone because Anderszewski is his own man and is utterly new ,original and sings along,or declaims, with the joy of simply being alive.My old music teacher told me that if you are ever ill then listening to Bach will put you in touch with the structure of the universe and make you feel better.This disc,especially the French Suite,is worth a lot of pills and visits to psycho and other therapists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Clean, crisp, terrific - Anderszewski's Bach 30 Jun. 2014
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The 3rd track on this release illustrates its excellence. Anderszewski plays the long and very slow Sarabande from JS Bach's 5th French Suite with a clean, articulated sound that still manages to bring across this beautiful dance's lyricism and melodic continuity. This Sarabande is typical of the baroque French style, dignified music filled with ornaments, and slowed down by Anderszewski to somewhat obscure the fact that the music is constructed from rigid four-measure antecedent and consequent phrases. Usually, I find that crispness and lyricism are mutually exclusive to a degree. Anderszewski manages to combine them, remarkably.

Another unusual and outstanding interpretive moment occurs in the sprawling 12-minute-long Overture movement in the B-minor Overture in the French style (track 8). Bach constructs this overture from two contrasting sections, a proud and slow French-style prologue, replete with its characteristic the dotted rhythms, followed by a long and complex fugue, a prologue-fugue pattern that is done twice. Anderszewski's playing of the fugue is simply great. He conveys a sense of excitement and momentum, and, together with the clean sound he uses throughout, brings out the fugal passages with great clarity. The whole disc is helped by the agility of Anderszewski's left hand, which is very strong and controlled even by the standards of world-class pianism. This left hand is obviously a big help in presenting Bach's counterpoint.

Since when this recording was made in 1998, Anderszewski has emerged as a prominent interpreter of Bach. The disc demonstrates his talent was evident early on in his career. The playing is helped by a very good recording job from Harmonia Mundi France. This is my first encounter with Anderszewski's Bach and, having played both of these compositions, I am just truly impressed by this performance, and by the blending of clarity, contrapuntal logic and expressivity. This is a great Bach keyboard disc.
12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Glenn Gould incarnated? 24 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Piotr delivers and intersting Bach interpretation, although in a somewhat personal unorthodox way (thank God!). Not far away from Pianist God-Devil Glenn Gould in how he approaches the music. Having said that, Piotr does however not play as engaging as Gould, and often there is a certain mechanical tempo in his playing. Worth a check though if you're into Bach on piano, although Gould and Schiff are two other very strong candidates that would be my first and second choices.
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