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Bach: French Suites Double CD
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Suites Françaises 1 à 6, BWV 812 à 817 / Angela Hewitt, piano
Editor's choice --Gramophone
'Hewitt's playing makes Bach's music live, for me, in a way that even the greatest harpsichordists do not' --The Sunday Times
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Angela Hewitt's poised playing here wonderfully matches the spirit of this noble music and is best described as refined, elegant and with great artistry. Her decorative touches never seem overdone and always delightfully enhance the atmosphere of the music. Penguin Guide gave this set their "Recommended Recording" of all the available recordings of the French Suites, which seems to attest to Hewitt's ability to match her style and execution with the intent of the composition. It all just sounds "right" for this type of music. Addtionally, the sound quality is clear and without extraneous noise and has a somewhat-spacious but pleasant ambiance.Read more ›
I approached this CD from the perspective of an amateur who tries to play Bach on the piano. I learned a great deal from Hewitt's performances as well as from her detailed liner notes. Hewitt is not a period performer. Rather, she plays Bach on the piano with an appreciation of the capabilities of the instrument to capture the spirit of the music. Her playing tends toward restraint and self-effacement. Bach's music comes first. Hewitt writes in her liner notes of the decisions that need to be made in playing even the technically easiest pieces of Bach in matters such as tempo, phrasing, articulation, dynamics, and ornamentation. Her thougtful approach to the French Suites and other music on this CD set comes through in every measure. I tried to listen to the linear character of the music in each of the two hands. Hewitt emphasizes the melodic line, but each line of the music can be heard with clarity. This is a difficult attainment on the piano.
Bach's six French Suites were composed between 1722 and 1725. They are based upon dance movements used in French and Italian music of his day, but there is nothing particularly "French" about the suites. The movements of each suite are in the same key, unlike, say, the latter classical sonata. Of Bach's six suites, the first three are in minor keys while the second three are in major keys.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent music impaired by a very badly-designed arrangement and presentation of the pieces: this means that listening to suites is a clumsy process.Published on 18 Sept. 2013 by bjbanks Charlie Banks
Father Melchizedek OP, the High Priest of Period Practice, was busy excavating the ruins of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2012 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon