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on 1 February 2009
This album deserves the plaudits given by other reviewers. Having recently seen Joanna MacGregor live and close up, I really appreciate the feeling and thoughtfulness with which she imbues each movement both playing live and on this album.
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on 15 June 2015
There is little I can usefully add to the other reviews, except to marvel at both the playing of Joanna MacGregor, and the sound of the instrument set in an ideal acoustic at the Snape Maltings. Of all the many discs I possess of Bach's keyboard music, this is the one I play most often, and always with fresh admiration and renewed delight. This is made even more desirable for being one of the few recordings of the French Suites to accommodate all six on a single CD, yet with no sense of rush. [The only others single CD versions I know of are on clavichord or harpsichord.]
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on 24 January 2004
There have been many "great", "unique" or "memorable" classical recordings, but it is seldom that performer, instrument, venue and engineer miraculously conspire to produce something that can only be described as "perfection" - or, at least, something that must be very near to it.
I have heard a number of recordings of the French Suites on piano (Schiff, Hewitt, Gould & Gavrilov) and this is a league above all of them, for the reason outlined above; quite simply, everything is right with it. There is no point in singling out particular movements because the playing is impeccable throughout. It is one of the best piano recordings I have ever heard.
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