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Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (Glenn Gould Anniversary Edition)
Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (Glenn Gould Anniversary Edition)
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Price: £19.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must, 5 Feb. 2010
For anyone interested in Bach keyboard works and the French Suites in particular this recording is a must. Gould's techinque is totally incredible and gives a real sense of plurality during the denser, more contrapuntal movements (Gigue of Suite V). Although some movements do not benefit so much from Gould's "extra-detached" style, this recording is still musically rewarding in every way and each time you listen to a track you will be able to pick out a musical line that you perhaps didn't hear before. Highly recommended!


Bach, J.S.: The French Suites (2 CDs)
Bach, J.S.: The French Suites (2 CDs)
Price: £8.99

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a stinker, 12 Sept. 2009
When looking for a recording of the French Suites it is difficult to know where to start, considering how many recordings there are out there.
Well I wouldn't advise starting here. I bought this recording and one by Gould and I have to say the Gould outclasses Hogwood at every turn. Hogwood, in this recording, has opted for a harpsichord tempered in the manner of a 17th century harpsichord, which whilst effective in some keys, sounds odd and jarring at times; for example, the start of the Eb Major suite. This movement sums up the whole recording, it is an Allemande which I suppose should probably be quite grandiose, slow and majestic. However, in Hogwood's hands it sounds laboured, bloated and rather self-indulgent. Don't buy this disc, get Gould's recording - much more illuminating, much better technique and a great deal more fun.


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