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Bach: Complete English Suites Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00186LLY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
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Murray Perahia brings his crystal clear tone and perfect technique to bear on the six English Suites. This is Bach playing of the highest order. Unlike Gould, it is not quirky and weird -- it goes straight to the heart of the music. Technically, these pieces are not demanding for a player as brilliant as Perahia. He concentrates of the dance qualities of the different movements. The preludes, the most extended parts of these compositions, are played brilliantly. I've listened to these discs again and again and never tire of them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on October 2, 2010
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Bach's music is possibly the supreme test of the skill of a pianist. His music must be played with strong understanding of the technical details that surround his music. Yet at the same time, it must not become mechanical or forced. In order for Bach's music to be given a satisfying performance, it must sound very natural and musical. Too many times Bach performers lack one of these essential ingredients. But I am very pleased to say that Perahia does not. He has clearly studied the complex contrapuntal harmonies that are the backbone of the English Suites (and all of Bach's music for that matter). But instead of giving a cold, forced performance, Perahia has seen the potential for music making.

Perahia, who is almost without peers today, has done a staggering job with the English Suites. He has succeeded in giving performances that wonderfully capture the beauty and intimacy of these pieces. In the faster movements, we hear a sure sense of steadiness, but Perahia still takes time for lyric beauty. The slow movements are quite lovely. But it goes far beyond merely being pretty. There is a depth of emotion that words fail me to describe. The inner quality to this music is almost never found elsewhere.

You should by all means buy this album. It will provide hours of listening pleasure. But it will also do much more than that - it will have you thinking deeply about life and its purpose.
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If you don’t know the Bach “English Suites” you need to treat yourself and get to know them as soon as you can. They are a delight in an almost infinite variety ways and keep paying dividends to careful listeners and performers for your whole life. Really.

Why are the “English Suites”? Because the early Bach biographer, Forkel, gave them that appellation. There really is no convincing evidence for the name and, at this point, there will never be one. But we all use the name, so you might as well. These are the earliest of Bach’s keyboard suites and the first published. Each group, the English, French, and the Partitas, each has six suites. Each collection maintains a similar scope and style in the suites included. The English are brilliant, fun, and fairly big. The French are slighter. And the Partitas are the most complex and demanding. But each includes the usual standard Baroque form of including the Allemande, Courante (or Corrente), Sarabande, and Gigue, while varying certain dances. Some will have Bourees, others Gavottes, some Menuets, and Passepieds. The point isn’t the dances included or left out, but that they are based on popular Baroque dance forms. These began with the Lute Suite collections decades before. By the time of Bach, Handel, and Teleman these dance forms were still characteristic, but definitely art music for listening and playing, and nor really meant for dancing. I suppose you could, but why? The English Suites each begin with a formal Prelude. Many students will perform the prelude as a recital work as a stand-alone piece. It works.

There are many recordings of these works, as well. Sometimes as part of an album or from a recital. But there are also many collections that have all six suites complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Swartz on January 15, 2015
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This recording of the English Suites is notable for its meticulous performance . Although each individual note stands out clearly, the music flows smoothly along and carries the listener with it. I think Herr Bach would have been a satisfied member of the audience.
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