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Bach: Complete English Suites [Import]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Murray Perahia Audio CD
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  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, clear committed playing 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving playing 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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