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Fine selection of Bach from a master interpreter,
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This review is from: Bach: Solo Keyboard Works (Audio CD)
Schiff surely ranks as one of the great interpreters of Bach on the modern piano. This CD offers a fine selection of Schiff's Bach recordings for Decca (the Italian Concerto and French Ouverture also available on the earlier French Suites recording) and the Four Duets and Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (recorded in the 1980s but previously unreleased). The quality of Schiff's Bach, elegantly showcased in this recording, is its natural fluency and its infectuous lilting quality. In this respect his playing is the antithesis of Gould's austerity. Schiff's Italian Concerto sparkles - alongside Angela Hewitt's 2001 recording for Hyperion it is one of the most attractive recordings of this piece. The French Ouverture is by turns sombre and playful. If the Chromatic Fantasia itself sometimes seems a little underpowered, then the following fugue is breathtaking in its clarity of voice and its rhythmic drive. The Four Duets are well played: if Schiff is sometimes a little too indulgent with his rubato (take No. 3), their dance-like quality is enough to win any listener over.