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J.S. Bach: English Suites 1, 3 & 5 / Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 1 in A major, BWV 806
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite, for keyboard no 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (BC L17)
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Notes & Reviews:

More than 10 years since the release of his first recording of Bach's English Suites, these interpretations of Suites 1, 3 and 5 join the Warner Classics catalogue. Anderszewski's concert performances of Bach in 2013 prompted the New York Times to write: "He revels in the full range of timbres afforded by the modern piano", while The Guardian cited "some of the most sublime piano playing London has witnessed all season". With this recording, Piotr Anderszewski returns to Bach's English Suites after more than 10 years. In 2002, when Virgin Classics (now Warner Classics/Erato) released his interpretations of Partitas 1, 3 and 6, The Sunday Times spoke of "Bach playing of the highest order," enthusing that "His playing throughout is wonderful, laying out Bach's contrapuntal writing with a clarity and subtlety of touch that removes these works far from the realms of technical exercises. His fingers dance in the Courantes and Allemandes, and positively sing the melodies of the sublime Sarabandes."

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
He dispenses tantalising apercus with a touch that delights in nuanced voicing of the most rarefied expressiveness...He oxygenates everything he touches...For anyone who loves Bach (or the piano), with even the more contentious moments proving dangerously seductive, this life-enhancing disc is required listening.

The Guardian, 20th November 2014
There's both carefully focused energy and reflective poise here...Anderszewski manages to be punctiliously stylish without ever becoming precious, refreshingly matter-of-fact without being routine.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2015
This is a glorious disc. Simply glorious...To start with, there's the sense of sharing the sheer physical thrill of Bach's keyboard-writing....And at every turn, he harnesses the possibilities of the piano in the service of Bach; the result is a clear labour of love...Anderszewski's CDs are all too infrequent, so let's cherish this one.

The Telegraph, 1st December 2014
Anderszewski's Bach has long been in a class of its own - stylish, imaginative, virile and invigorating...Here again in his three English Suites he knows exactly how to make the music speak...and he shares with Bach a jubilant spirit in crafting music of infinite fascination, refinement and sublime inspiration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw (2014-03-02_2014-03-03&2014-).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
  • Performer: Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
  • Notes: Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw (2014-03-02_2014-03-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 1 in A major, BWV 806
  • Performer: Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
  • Notes: Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw (2014-03-02_2014-03-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite, for keyboard no 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (BC L17)
  • Performer: Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
  • Notes: Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw (2014-03-02_2014-03-03&2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720