Bach: English Suites, Nos. 1, 3 & 6
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, February 24, 2004
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that I believed that when it came to Bach, Gould's was the only opinion
that mattered. After having recently been shown that this was not
necessarily the case I pursued a few other recordings of the English
Suites, including Perahia's and Hewitt's.
In my humble opinion, this one even surpasses the Gould set. I can't
stand the Hewitt set as it sounds to me like she read most of the parts
in the studio and she noticably gets fatigued in many of the ornamentations.
Perahia gives Bach even more life than I thought possible, sparkling
and beautiful. The modern piano and studio also help to put this
recording over the top for me. If you are still skeptical, download
the Gavotte II from Suite No. 6 or the Courante from Suite No. 3. These
are good examples of how the entire set is played by Perahia.
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perahia is so gentle, it feels like he's caressing the music. and the music is caressing the listener in its own intricate fashion. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Klugman
I heard the Hewett on the radio. This is more elegant and more moving, without any hurry.
I'm not a good music critic for the sound, as I listened in the car. Read more
Late Perahia plays with such elegence, balance, polish, restraint, feeling. These and his Goldberg just put Bach in yet another entire framework. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Eyton J. Shalom, L.Ac.
Just broke this out last night. The Bach is, of course, exquisite; but Murray is my favorite pianist too. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Emily
Just when I thought Gould, Schiff and Hewitt had demonstrated every viable way of playing Bach on piano I was delighted to find that Perahia offered yet another . Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by P. Deley
This and its companion disc, between them comprising all six of Bach's English Suites, are both brilliant. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Sid Nuncius
When I first listened to this performance, I thought that Mr. Perahia's tempo was a little bit too fast for my taste. Yet, something got me hooked. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Amadeus 888