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Bach: English Suites no 2, 4 & 5 / Murray Perahia

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  1. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: V. Bourrée $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: VI. Bourrée II $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: VII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: V. Menuett I $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: VI. Menuett II $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: VII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: V. Passepied I (en Rondeau) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: VI. Passepied II $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach — English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: VII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
Notes & Reviews:

This recording was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)."

During the 1720s, Bach grouped his harpsichord suites into two sets of six each and assembled a third, that was newly composed. These compositions have survived as the English Suites, French Suites and Partitas. Only the Partitas were published in Bach's lifetime. The English Suites are the earliest of these keyboard works and three of them are the focus of this recording by pianist Murray Perahia.

There is nothing especially "English" about these works and their misleading title is one that was never known by Bach. Dubious titles notwithstanding, the works are marvels of invention that marry intellectually challenging contrapuntal lines to sublime melodies. Perahia wisely says the suites are "heart and mind connected."

Perahia dazzles in this music. He excels in the twisting contrapuntal complexities of each suite: particularly the Prelude of the Second Suite and the Gigue of the Fourth. Perahia also revels in the melodic splendor of the elegiac slower movements, his playing of the Allemande of the Fifth Suite a high point of the disc. Perahia's Bach is yet another jewel in the crown of this wonderful pianist.



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