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English Suites 2 4 & 5

Murray Perahia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000HXL7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I. Prélude 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: II. Allemande 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: III. Courante 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: IV. Sarabande 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. V. Bourrée 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: VI. Bourrée II 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: VII. Gigue 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: I. Prélude 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: II. Allemande 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. III. Courante 1:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: IV. Sarabande 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: V. Menuett I 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: VI. Menuett II 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: VII. Gigue 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810: I. Prélude 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. II. Allemande 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. III. Courante 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810: IV. Sarabande 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810: V. Passepied I (en Rondeau) 1:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. VI. Passepied II 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810: VII. Gigue 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment 21 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bach piano works are within my favorite music. Perahia has few peers in playing Bach (... and Chopin ) on the piano.
Having said that a few additional comments can be enough to review the Perahia interpretation of English Suites Nos 1-6: personalised but coherent although never didactic, clean and refreshing..... crystalline; richness and harmony always present.
Perhaia plays the sonatas beautifully indeed and, above all, he conveys the feeling that this is music to be enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Bach 30 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
This and its companion disc, between them comprising all six of Bach's English Suites, are both brilliant. The music is fabulous and Murray Perahia's playing is quite wonderful. They have now been released as a single set: Bach: Complete English Suites.

These six suites are English in name only, conforming largely to the accepted form and order of a suite of dances, providing Bach with a template for his unrivalled contrapuntal skill in which he was utterly at home. The result is a set of pieces with wonderful rhythmic variation and delightful fluency of lines, and these are among Bach's finest keyboard works, in my view. They are inventive, endlessly rewarding and, above all, hugely enjoyable to listen to.

Murray Parahia understands all of this to his core, and has the superb technique to allow it to flow out of him utterly naturally. He often has a delightful lightness of touch which never trivialises but allows the music to dance and glow as it should, and he preserves the music's intellectual weight even in the most toe-tapping movements. Perahia's judgement of rubato and ornamentation is impeccable, with just enough to allow make the music's sense clear without overlaying it with unnecessary interpretive tricks. It is exemplary Bach playing, I think.

Unless you have a rooted objection to Bach on the piano (in which case I'd recommend Christophe Rousset's harpsichord recordings Bach: English Suites, BWV 806 - 811 /Rousset) you cannot possibly go wrong with these two discs. They are superb and very warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia makes Bach unforgettable 10 Sep 2011
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Bach's music is possibly the supreme test of the skill of a pianist. His music must be played with strong understanding of the technical details that surround his music. Yet at the same time, it must not become mechanical or forced. In order for Bach's music to be given a satisfying performance, it must sound very natural and musical. Too many times Bach performers lack one of these essential ingredients. But I am very pleased to say that Perahia does not. He has clearly studied the complex contrapuntal harmonies that are the backbone of the English Suites (and all of Bach's music for that matter). But instead of giving a cold, forced performance, Perahia has seen the potential for music making.

Perahia begins this recording with a steady, confident rendition of the Prelude of the 2nd Suite. But even here, he takes time to bring out beauty and lyricism. The following movement, the Allemande, is even better. Perahia's tone is overflowing with warmth and emotion - a kind of playing that makes you want to stop what you are doing and just sit and listen. This is followed by a magnificent performance of the Courante, where the music gently flows. As though he had not yet given us enough, Perahia gives us a meltingly lovely Sarabande. But it goes far beyond merely being pretty. There is a depth of emotion that words fail me to describe. The Bourees sparkle with vitality and excitement. And the concluding Gigue is a free-for-all roof raiser.

And that is not to mention the other two Suites on this disc - Suites that are equally satisfying. In fact, I find the 5th to be the most touching Suite on this CD. I find it nearly impossible to hold back the tears when listening to his performance of the Allemande and Sarabande of the above Suite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach piano at its best 13 Dec 2012
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I already had the Gould version of the English Suites, but felt that the phrasing was a little perfunctory. Perahia treats the music with the necessary reverence - rhythmically exact, yet exquisitely phrased. These are some of Bachs finest keyboard pieces, profoundly spiritual, and sometimes surprisingly playful. I can imagine no better interpretation
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Melchizedek, the High Priest of HIP, was sitting behind his desk in a secret office under the Quirinal Palace. His chair had no padding and the cavernous room, lined with marble on all sides, was frigid. He working away on his latest encyclical `On the Assumption of David Munrow' when the door into the room, some fifty meters away, swung open and a delegation filed in. Robed in cardinal red, there was a dozen of them or so (and one of whom was cowled). En masse, they goosestepped towards his desk. With immense dignity, the High Priest rose to greet them. Attendants materialised and provided each of his guests with a seat that was as spartan as his own.

"My brothers in 410 HZ," Melchizedek said crisply in his falsetto voice, "as you know that reactionary publication, the Penguin Guide, is petering to an end as its triumvirate enter their dotage. We have the opportunity to replace it with a Period Practice Catechism that will provide the faithful with error-free advice. There is no reason why we cannot offer a similar scope to that execrable little tome: after all, one can now acquire spruce HIP performances of Bruckner and Mahler; and surely such recordings of Richard Strauss and beyond are in train. With the backing of SPECTRE (Sinister Period-Practice Enacted to Counter Traditional Readings Everlastingly) and its Number One (Ernst Hogwood-Blofeld), I formed this working party. Each of you has a different brief. Today we ascertain your progress. Now, who is overseeing the chapter on Bach?"

"I am," said the cowled figure to the left. "It is complete."

Somewhat quizzical as to the man's identity, Melchizedek leaned forward to glimpse his face.

"Really? What's the line-up, Brother . . . Brother?
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