English Suites 136 Original recording remastered
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Why hasn't Murray Perahia recorded Bach before? The pianist imbues the quicker movements with more excitement and rhythmic drive than Andras Schiff, and greater coloristic and emotional range than Glenn Gould, although Mieczyslaw Horszowski dances more in the third suite. Perahia views the sarabandes from a monumental angle and brings out their harmonic felicities through his masterful weighing of contrapuntal lines and inner dynamics. The superb sound serves both pianist and composer to the fullest. In sum, a wonderful disc that bodes well for future Perahia Bach releases. We hope. --Jed Distler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For what we have here, I have a lot of praise but also some remarks. I mentioned Perahia's extremely polished sound already: his Bach always sounds like a box of delicious chocolates.Read more ›
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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.