Prime Music

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$11.98 + $3.99 shipping
Sold by Round3.

or
 
   
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.10 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Starfish Nebula Add to Cart
$36.68  & FREE Shipping. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Bach: The English Suites [Import]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Angela Hewitt Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Price: $35.91 & FREE Shipping. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Thursday, Oct. 2? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details

Amazon's Angela Hewitt Store

Music

Image of album by Angela Hewitt

Photos

Image of Angela Hewitt

Biography

Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Completed in 2005, her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times) and has won her a huge following. ... Read more in Amazon's Angela Hewitt Store

Visit Amazon's Angela Hewitt Store
for 44 albums, 3 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

Bach: The English Suites + Bach: French Suites / Angela Hewitt
Price for both: $71.12

Buy the selected items together


Product Details

  • Performer: Angela Hewitt
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B0000BX5L4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante I
4. Courante II
5. Sarabande
6. Bourree I And II
7. Gigue
8. Prelude
9. Allemande
10. Courante
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Menuet I And II
6. Gigue
7. Prelude
8. Allemande
9. Courante
10. Sarabande
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews


Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
(6)
3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charm over bravura September 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
According to lore, the "English" in these suites refers to some historical evidence that they were written for "an Englishman of nobility." Perhaps. While there is not so much style of the English in this music, the international flavors of Italy, Germany, Spain and especially France abound in these series of six suites consisting of several contrasting 'dance' movements. The Courantes, Bourrees, Menuets and Gavottes are quintessentially French, the Sarabandes of Spanish origin, the Allemandes from Germany and the French Gigue from Anglo roots in the 'Jig.' While their origins came from dance music of the courts and peasants of the 16th & 17th centuries, the dances of Bach's Suites were composed purely for instrumental, concert purposes.

In her exquisite liner notes, Miss Hewitt summarizes Bach's huge talent for integrating and fusing these diverse, regional dance influences into one grand style: "Bach was able to combine the grace and refinement of French dance music with concerto elements borrowed from the Italians, yet subjecting it all to the German predilection for polyphonic writing at which he was the supreme master. Nowhere is this more beautifully demonstrated that in his six English Suites."

Bach's English Suites are filled with much superbly crafted, complex and memorable music - from the haughtingly beautiful sarabandes to the highly rhythmic preludes and gigues. Unlike the six Partitas or French Suites, each of the English Suites begins with a prelude - but preludes that are quite technical and fast moving and hardly relaxed like those of Bach's WTC.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive English Suites February 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
until I heard this new recording, my all time favorite recordings of the English Suites were the harpsichord version on Westminster by Fernando Valenti. Pretty old but this new recording on the modern grand is all the energy, articulation, clarity and brilliance of that set. It is unusual to compare the harpsichord version with a version recorded probably 35 to 40 years later on the concert grand. But what comes out to me from this recent recording is the joy of playing the music by Angela Hewitt and her obvious devotion to the music. It has none of the ponderous playing of so many versions that I have listened to and purchased. These recordings to my mind beat all the competition and it is the best yet in her complete Bach series.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Bach January 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The English Suites are the first of three sets of suites Bach wrote for the keyboard, the others being the French Suites and Partitas.

Of the three sets of suites, the Partitas are perhaps the greatest set, the French the most accessible.

I tend to prefer Bach on piano (to harpsichord). I think the richness of Bach's music comes over better on piano, assuming of course that the pianist is very good in Bach.

Angela Hewitt's set of the English Suites is elegant, songful and pianistic;the more I listen to Hewitt, the more I enjoy her. I think Murray Perahia's set of the English Suites is more personal than Hewitt, very compelling, but not better. Rosalyn Tureck (on VAI) offers an unforgettable, marvelous performance of the English Suite no.3 coupled with superb excerpts of the Well Tempered Clavier, the Italian Concerto etc.

Of Hewitt's Bach recordings I know, the very best are of the Well Tempered Clavier (Books 1 and 2) (try hearing Rosalyn Tureck in them too!).

I think we are fortunate today to have wonderful Bach recordings by Tureck, Hewitt, and Perahia (also Piotr Anderszewski in Bach Partitas 1,3 and 6 on Virgin).
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Look for Similar Items by Category