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Johann Sebastian Bach – English Suites

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Catalogue numberBIS-2281 SACD
Release date2019-04-10
Discs2
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time152:43

A busy schedule as music director of the Bach Collegium Japan and sought-after guest conductor doesn’t stop Masaaki Suzuki from returning to his first loves, the organ and the harpsichord. With the present release he adds yet another chapter to his series of Bach’s works for solo harpsichord. After acclaimed recordings of the Well-tempered Clavier, the Goldberg variations, the French Suites and other works the turn has come to the English Suites. Composed while Bach were in his thirties it precedes other sets such as the French Suites and the Toccatas, and in his liner notes, Bach scholar Yo Tomita draws attention to 'the stylistic traits of a youthful and ambitious composer wanting to make his mark through the use of counterpoint and virtuosity'. Despite its title, the collection has very little to do with England, at least musically: the six suites are instead rooted in the French tradition, and show certain striking similarities to the composer Charles Dieupart’s Six Suittes pour le Clavessin from 1701. (Bach made a copy of Dieupart's set sometime between 1709 and 1716.) It was only in the 19th century that the suites became known as the 'English', based on a never substantiated claim that the set was commissioned by an English nobleman.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  English Suite No. 1 in A major, BWV 806 29:19
01 Prélude 02:25 $ 0.58 USD
02 Allemande 06:14 $ 1.50 USD
03 Courante I 01:50 $ 0.44 USD
04 Courante II avec deux Doubles 06:21 $ 1.52 USD
05 Sarabande 04:57 $ 1.19 USD
06 Bourrée I & II 04:23 $ 1.05 USD
07 Gigues 03:09 $ 0.76 USD
 
  Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 24:27
08 Prélude 05:14 $ 1.26 USD
09 Allemande 04:58 $ 1.19 USD
10 Courante 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
11 Sarabande; Les agréments de la même Sarabande 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
12 Bourrée I & II 04:24 $ 1.06 USD
13 Gigue 03:53 $ 0.93 USD
 
  Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808 22:02
14 Prélude 03:33 $ 0.85 USD
15 Allemande 04:33 $ 1.09 USD
16 Courante 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
17 Sarabande; Les agréments de la même Sarabande 03:58 $ 0.95 USD
18 Gavotte I & Gavotte II ou la Musette 03:23 $ 0.81 USD
19 Gigue 03:22 $ 0.81 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809 22:55
01 Prélude 04:55 $ 1.18 USD
02 Allemande 04:28 $ 1.07 USD
03 Courante 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
04 Sarabande 04:31 $ 1.08 USD
05 Menuet I & II 03:29 $ 0.84 USD
06 Gigue 03:48 $ 0.91 USD
 
  Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810 22:34
07 Prélude 05:28 $ 1.31 USD
08 Allemande 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
09 Courante 02:38 $ 0.63 USD
10 Sarabande 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
11 Passepied I en Rondeau; Passepied II 03:10 $ 0.76 USD
12 Gigue 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
 
  Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 31:06
13 Prélude 08:15 $ 1.98 USD
14 Allemande 04:51 $ 1.16 USD
15 Courante 02:48 $ 0.67 USD
16 Sarabande & Double 06:10 $ 1.48 USD
17 Gavotte I & II 04:11 $ 1.00 USD
18 Gigue 04:51 $ 1.16 USD
 
  Album total 152:43
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masaaki

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