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J.S. Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817 / Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Noted for his idiosyncratic and probing performances, British keyboard player and conductor Richard Egarr continues his traversal of the works of J.S. Bach with the complete French Suites. These captivating readings are full of freshness, vitality and a sense of adventure.

The Guardian, 2nd June 2016
He digs into his harpsichord, a huge-sounding modern Dutch instrument, and produces dark, nutty tones with chunky middle voices and gnarly chordal textures. He adds embellishments all over the place and his rhythms are spiky and erratic.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
Richard Egarr uses a copy of a French harpsichord for his enjoyable recording, and what a beauty it is... [Egarr's] allemandes are as delightful as I have heard, like lazily flowing summer rivers intrigued by rubato eddies.

CD Review, 25th June 2016
A zest and expressive range that's a constant delight, Bach, reinvigorated and in rude health ... the sound is very well captured, you're immersed in Bach and Egarr.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2016
Egarr unapologetically opts for a brightly resonant Flemish style harpsichord that ideally compliments his famously brightly resonant playing ... a reading instinct with a vitality and characterfulness that takes nothing for granted and lives exuberantly in the moment.

The Classical Reviewer, 7th July 2016
These are infectious performances of Bach's French Suites that one will wish to return to over and over again. Richard Egarr gives such musicianly accounts, characterful and always a subtle spring in his step. There is something about Egarr's phrasing, textures and ornamentations that just grab the ear. Above all Egarr reminds us again just how wonderful Bach's invention was.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Doopsgezinde Gementekeerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands (08/2015).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite, for keyboard no 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21)
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722