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.