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J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817 / Alessandra Artifoni

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  1. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: IV. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: V. Air $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: VI. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — French Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: VII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: IV. Air $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: V. Menuet I $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: V. Bourree $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: VI. Loure $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: VII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach — French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach — French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bach — French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bach — French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: IV. Anglaise $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bach — French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: V. Menuet I $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bach — French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bach — French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Bach — French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bach — French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Bach — French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: IV. Menuet I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Bach — French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: IV. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: V. Polonaise $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: VII. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: VI. Bourree $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Bach — French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817: VIII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite, for keyboard no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812
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Notes & Reviews:

Alessandra Artifoni began to study the harpsichord at the age of nine. It was at that early age that she became an enthusiast of early music, in particular of J. S. Bach's. This recording features a graceful performance of Bach's French Suites on an original harpsichord.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The instrument has a lush sound with an incisive tenor and a sweet, bell-like treble. She explains, in the liner notes, the influence of the 17th Century German lutenists and harpsichordist on Bach. Bach drew great inspiration from his musical parents and grandparents, Buxtehude, Reincken, and Pachelbel. Artifoni is an imaginative player. I enjoyed her two-against-three ornamentation in the Allemande of Suite No. 2. She makes the most of the harpsichord's expression. A high point in this release is the sarabande of Suite No. 1. Each block chord is like a hot coal to Artifoni. The piece really smolders, and she even replaces the typical down-to-up arpeggio with an up-to-down arpeggio at a key moment. This thoughtful and well-produced release is a pleasure through and through.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Villa L'Oriuolo, Florence, Italy (07/2012).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
  • Performer: Alessandra Artifoni (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
  • Performer: Alessandra Artifoni (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Performer: Alessandra Artifoni (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite, for keyboard no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21)
  • Performer: Alessandra Artifoni (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812
  • Performer: Alessandra Artifoni (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Performer: Alessandra Artifoni (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722