In the liner notes to his 1998 recording of the "Bach English Suites Nos. 1, 3, 6", distinguished American pianist Murray Perahia makes these observations about the complex harmonic structures which are Bach's counterpoint in these piano pieces, "These structures are not merely clever abstractions: Through the frustration or fulfillment of different musical goals, through the deceiving and delaying of musical expectations, an emotional ebb and flow is created that is never satisfied until the piece is finished. The structure guides the emotions, without which there can be no music. Thus the heart and the mind are united. Bach's genius is to evoke timeless and true human emotions, through the purity and spirituality of his writing - which, ultimately, stands apart from any specific instrumental environment." Having said this, Perahia is indeed a superb guide to these scores, since his playing is elegant, refined, and thoughtful, without the added hubris of excessive emotion. Instead, through his own brilliant technique, he subtly emphasizes the complex harmonic progressions inherent in these scores, whether they are, for example, the prelude that begins the English Suite No. 1 in A Major, or a simple folk melody like the Gigue which closes English Suite No. 6 in D Minor. This is indeed, some of the best piano performances of Bach's pieces that I have heard in a recent recording, made at the classic Swiss recital hall at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, which was also the venue of some of the great Beaux Arts Trio and the very last pianist Claudio Arrau recordings made by Philips in the 1980s. While I'm not sure that this is indeed a definitive recording of these pieces, I do think that they are quite exceptional and worthy acquisitions for fans of Perahia's recordings and Bach's solo works for the piano.