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A new recording of the English Suites is always welcome. They are among Bach's finest keyboard works, showing all his greatness in melody, counterpoint and expression of human emotion. Although they are performed somewhat less often than some of Bach's other works I think they are hugely enjoyable and satisfying. This is a fine recording of them.

Richard Egarr is a superb keyboard player with a deep understanding and love of Bach's music. It shows here as his rock-solid technique allows these pieces to flow without apparent effort, and also allows him to place his own interpretation on them. He is slightly rhythmically freer than Christophe Rousset or Angela Hewitt (two of my favourite interpretations) and quite liberal in his ornamentation. Both work very well in his hands, I think and, combined with a wonderful, rich sound from the harpsichord, produce a very enjoyable interpretation.

The recorded sound is excellent; some of the clunking of the harpsichord's internal workings is more prominent than some people may like, but the fabulous sound the engineers capture from the instrument makes this fade into insignificance for me.

How you get on with this set overall will depend upon your personal taste. I think I still marginally prefer Rousset's rather more formal approach, but if you want a harpsichord version of these great works you can't really go wrong here - it's great music excellently played by a real master. Warmly recommended.

(Rousset's recording is also well worth investigating: Bach: English Suites, BWV 806 - 811 /Rousset
and if you want a piano version, Angela Hewitt's brilliant interpretation is now part of a wonderful box set of all her solo Bach discs: Angela Hewitt plays Bach (Complete Solo Keyboard Recordings) )
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A new recording of the English Suites is always welcome. They are among Bach's finest keyboard works, showing all his greatness in melody, counterpoint and expression of human emotion. Although they are performed somewhat less often than some of Bach's other works I think they are hugely enjoyable and satisfying. This is a fine recording of them.

Richard Egarr is a superb keyboard player with a deep understanding and love of Bach's music. It shows here as his rock-solid technique allows these pieces to flow without apparent effort, and also allows him to place his own interpretation on them. He is slightly rhythmically freer than Christophe Rousset or Angela Hewitt (two of my favourite interpretations) and quite liberal in his ornamentation. Both work very well in his hands, I think and, combined with a wonderful, rich sound from the harpsichord, produce a very enjoyable interpretation.

The recorded sound is excellent; some of the clunking of the harpsichord's internal workings is more prominent than some people may like, but the fabulous sound the engineers capture from the instrument makes this fade into insignificance for me.

How you get on with this set overall will depend upon your personal taste. I think I still marginally prefer Rousset's rather more formal approach, but if you want a harpsichord version of these great works you can't really go wrong here - it's great music excellently played by a real master. Warmly recommended.

(Rousset's recording is also well worth investigating: Bach: English Suites, BWV 806 - 811 /Rousset
and if you want a piano version, Angela Hewitt's brilliant interpretation is now part of a wonderful box set of all her solo Bach discs: Angela Hewitt plays Bach (Complete Solo Keyboard Recordings) )
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on 25 April 2013
This recording follows the performances given by Richasrd Egarr at the King's Place. I have found myself playing it again and again.
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