This recital of J S Bach's solo keyboard works was recorded in Holland in 1995 and as far I can tell is the first recording by Richard Egarr, in the days before his well known parnership with Andrew Manze. The programme consists of 3 substantial pieces, the Partita No 1 BWV825, French suite No 5 BWV816, the Italian Concerto BWV 971 and is filled out with a selection of smaller works like the preludes (BWV 924-928 & BWV 939-943), 2 fugues and 2 sets of minuets, some of which last barely a minute. Most of these shorter pieces were given to both his son WF Bach and is second wife Anna Magdalena, as keyboard exercises to promote the playing skills of the said pupils. There are several well known melodies to found throughout this recital in the movements from both the French Suite and the Italian Concerto for example, as well as the Anna Magdalena minuets. While the Suite and the Concerto make for lively extrovert music, the Partita strikes a more serious tone. At the same time though the preludes and fugues, make for tantilising glimpses of Bach's composing skills; like chips from a carpenter's bench. The collection of works here makes for an interesting and varying recital of different moods and is played with skill and sensitivity by Egarr. The church acoustic in the Utrech is well caught and the harpsichord is not too closely miked, allowing the recording not to be swamped periodically by the thunderous sound of the instrument. If you are looking for a good selection and introduction to J S Bach's solo keyboard works, then I cannot think of a better and inexpensive way to dip your toe in the water. The wonderful playing of Richard Egarr is worth the price of entry alone.