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English Suites 245


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  • Performer: Murray Perahia
  • Composer: Bach Johann Sebastian
  • Audio CD (Feb. 16 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000HXL7
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - I. Prélude
2. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - II. Allemande
3. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - III. Courante
4. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - IV. Sarabande
5. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - V. Bourée I
6. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - VI. Bourée II
7. Suite No.2 in A minor BWV 807 - VII. Gigue
8. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - I. Prélude
9. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - II. Allemande
10. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - III. Courante
11. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - IV. Sarabande
12. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - V. Menuett I
13. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - VI. Menuett II
14. Suite No.4 in F BWV 809 - VII. Gigue
15. Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 - I. Prélude
16. Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 - II. Allemande
17. Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 - III. Courante
18. Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 - IV. Sarabande
19. Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 - V. Passepied I (en Roneau)
20. Suite No.5 in E minor BWV 810 - VI. Passepied II
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The present release completes Murray Perahia's survey of Bach's six English Suites. Pianistically speaking, there's much to admire: the unruffled sonority, pinpointed technique, and an ability to spin luminous textures through fingerwork and hand balances alone, eschewing the sustain pedal. Perahia's fluent left hand may not match the rhythmic resilience of Glenn Gould's, nor do his ornaments sing out with the improvisatory confidence András Schiff brings to his equally colorful, but more measured, readings. By the same token, Perahia's perfectly judged tempos honor the music's dance origins. Yet there's a studied, self-conscious quality to the pianist's choices regarding color and articulation, brought on by his frequent telegraphing of a textural shift via slight ritards or little holdbacks at cadential points. After a while, one can predict these before they occur. Still, only a genuine master can play this well. One hopes Perahia's preoccupation with Bach is not a temporary fancy. --Jed Distler

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philippe Stephenson on March 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
As the title of my review suggests, the performances featured here take a very middle-of-the-road approach: neither the frenetic rhythmicity of Gould, nor the relatively lyrical Bach by Kempff and others. They are entirely convincing. I find others' Bach to sound cerebral, putting too much effort into consciously emphasising the different voices. (This pretty much sums up what I have to say about Hewitt's recently released recording of the suites, actually)
Perahia plays with pleasing rhythmicity, the utmost clarity and a natural sense for the dynamics of the pieces. Along with his recording of the other suites, I highly recommend this as a starting set of English Suites. Only then wound I consider getting Gould's set. But then, others might insist that for them, it must be Gould, and I wouldn't argue with that.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Moderate Bach March 1 2004
By Philippe Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the title of my review suggests, the performances featured here take a very middle-of-the-road approach: neither the frenetic rhythmicity of Gould, nor the relatively lyrical Bach by Kempff and others. They are entirely convincing. I find other performers' Bach sound cerebral, putting too much effort into consciously emphasising the different voices. (This pretty much sums up what I have to say about Hewitt's recently released recording of the suites, actually)
Perahia plays with pleasing rhythmic drive, the utmost clarity and a natural sense for the dynamics of the pieces. Along with his recording of the other suites, I highly recommend this as a starting set of English Suites. Only then wound I consider getting Gould's set. But then, others might insist that for them, it must be Gould, and I wouldn't argue with that.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Perahia.... March 4 2003
By PianoMuse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Perahia's mastery of Bach is in his subtulty. He never gets in the way of Bach's music. Many performancers of Bach tend to force their personalities upon the music, which is alright if you want very eclectic recordings, but for pure sound and understanding, Perahiah is where it is at.
One of the most impressive abilities of Perahia in this album is the fact that he brings out each voice so clearly, yet always keeps everything in balance. His tone is very pure and clear, but never too staccato and detatched, as some pianists play Bach, or is never too heavy on pedal, which is something I have heard as well.
I would definatly recommend this recording. It is solid, and very deep. Bach at his best.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Perahia understands Bach. Oct. 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A compelling and sparkling recording, that captivates and grows on you, like all good Bach interpretations. Although not on a harpsichord, Perahia fully masters and comprehends the "authentic" creative world of JS Bach. Unlike some Gould extravaganzas, the interpreter here is totally subservient to the music. Perahia's rendition brings to light both the joy and the (strive for the) religious sublime that permeates these compositions, something that is often missing in many a too "virtuosic" interpretation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
very good indeed, but try Ivo Pogorelich's version and you won't regret it Oct. 6 2009
By Walter Prodanov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These are immensely satisfying performances and I agree with others who find these more pleasing than Gould's. But I still think the absolute king in this field is Ivo Pogorelich. I believe Ivo recorded only 2nd and 3rd suite. One listen may spoil you forever. Not to detract anything from Perahia's inspired reading; I thoroughly enjoy most of his records and concerts, but since Amazon reviews have one of the purposes to lead you to other revelations, try Ivo's renditions. It may haunt you forever.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Very satisfying performance Feb. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In recent years, it seems to me that Perahia's performance is getting better dramatically. Say, around 10 years ago, of course he was very talented but his performace was rather boring. But recently his perfomance is much more spontaneous with superb technique than before. I wish he will continue to record Bach's keyboard works, which has scared every pianist due to Gould's performances.


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