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J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817, selected Preludes, BWV 923, 999, 815a, and three Preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by David Cates, harpsichord

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 28 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: SRI Canada
  • ASIN: B0000AYL3N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude In B Minor, BWV 923
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Anglaise
6. Menuets 1 & 2
7. Gigue
8. Prelude
9. Allemande
10. Courante
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prelude In E-Flat Major
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Gavotte
6. Air
7. Menuet
8. Gigue
9. Prelude
10. Allemande
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Recordings of Bach's French Suites have not been common in the catalogue; it's wonderful to find one so expressive, intimate, and soulful. The harpsichord sound is lovely, and the playing very free and flexible without being at all eccentric. I especially liked the singing lines, and the not overdone but imaginative ornaments. Having preludes in front of each suite was a real bonus; they set the atmosphere for the suites in a way I've never heard before. I'll listen to this over and over. So much better than Davitt Morney's bland, emotionless version, and Koopman's eccentric and almost hyperactive interpretation.
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Beautiful recording and energetic interpretation May 15 2014
By Bob K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The French Suites are not my favorite set of works by JSB for harpsichord (Partitas and Goldberg Variations hold down that place), but this performance may make me rethink my evaluation. The recording is also demonstration quality, including little squeaks and harpsichord eccentricities that do not detract from the music at all.
If you like JSB and the harpsichord, this performance is definitely worth the purchase.