- Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
- Label: BIS
- ASIN: B000BLI3H0
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Bach: Overtures / Ouvertures: The 4 Orchestral Suites [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
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Audio CD, Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import, October 25, 2005
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First, this is sonically the best we've heard in this music, both in recorded sound and in playing. Sonically, the performances are crystal clear yet natural, something we've come to expect from BIS. With regards to playing, no one has mastered balance like Suzuki does here. It is a testament to Suzuki's innate sense of texture and clarity that the b-minor suite never sounds like a flute concerto. However, the beautifully toned instrument is always audible against the small, but powerful, mass of strings. At the same time, Suzuki achieves perfection in the two d-major suites, trumpets never soaring over the texture but, rather, sound like and integral - and well balanced - part of the music. That is not to say the music still isn't thrilling, far from it. Part of the utter joy of these performances is brillance of execution shown by the collegium. They not only dispatch Bach's impossibly writing with ease - does the flautist ever take a breath in the b-minor overture (?!) - but they also capture the spirit with elegant flair. The gavotte in the c-major suite sparkles with stately charm, followed by an joyous forlane. The sarabande in the b-minor suite has seldom sounded so touching while the Rejouissance in the second d-major suite is stunning. Special mention must, however, go out to the keyboardist.Read more ›
Amid the influences of the art of Western Protestantism in his own country, Suzuki traveled and studied in Europe, we are told, then returned to his native land to resume both a practical and academic career. His creations, together with his small but highly skilled band, have provided endless hours of pleasure.
As one gazes upon the beauty of both the music and performance one is aware of a sense of something very new and fresh. I have listened on the radio from time to time to a few of the group's recordings, but only in passing and never to the whole experience as presented here on these discs.
It dawns on one as time passes that these performances are something very special, a true and sensitive blend of the visual and auditory experience. One is reminded of the superlatives that can express the beauty of Eastern art forms, such that have always captured the hearts of the European middle classes from the early days of European contact. And that tradition continues here.
There is an excellent set of notes provided on the music, the orchestra and their leader.
My only regret is that the second disc is so short. Plenty of space here for a filler, and what a gem it could have been!
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Even after studying Bach for sixty years including two wonderful years studying piano (with Joseph Battista at Indiana University and his Julliard student, Maurice Hinson, at the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
Written in the style of the French ouverture, these works are more commonly known as Bach's orchestral suites. Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Paul Van de Water