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Bach: French Suites, Overture / Andras Schiff [Blu-Ray]

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 no 3 in B minor, BWV 814
>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
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831
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Notes & Reviews:

"András Schiff, born in 1953 in Budapest is nowadays one of the most appreciated and distinguished pianists in the world. Magically, he brings life into pieces, makes them breathing and swinging and keeps up almost forgotten ideals of piano playing. Thus, he is not only a great pianist, but also a professional whose view is not limited on piano music, but who has wide knowledge of the broad field of macro culture. This enables him to play the piano which always makes sense to his own point of view. The Concert Recording is accompanied with some interviews with András Schiff, which enriches and completes the great experience of the concert. During the interview, Schiff sits at the Steinway piano and explains the French Suites which J. S. Bach composed during 1722 and 1725 for Cembalo, but also its closeness to Bach's Goldberg variations and Orchestra suites. He plays a short passage of a Suite, explains it and plays again, but then he interrupts himself once again. This happens without script but with refreshing spontaneity and directness. Completing this part, you can see András Schiff at the Thomas Church and Bach Museum where he talks about Bach's years in Leipzig, his musical and personal development. "Shiff's flexible tempo style that results from his thinking in the bigger picture, is perhaps the most compelling aspect of his pianism. Here someone manages the seemingly impossible synthesis of delicate sparkling single notes and much more widely thought architecture. A music that seems to reach into infinity, funny as Scarlatti or Haydn distinguished, witty - and uplifting beautiful. "Leipziger Volkszeitung"

"over two hours of unalloyed joy...Schiff combines the secure touch of a performer thoroughly immersed in Bach's style with an effervescent freshness of spirit. Whether it is in the more complex contrapuntal passages, or a long-breathed sustaining line, there is a natural flow to every phrase." -BBC Music Magazine

"The bottom line...is that Schiff can play all six suites and the more demanding French Overture in one concert and sustain a level of artistry, concentration, stamina and attention to detail as few pianists of his or any generation have accomplished...The varied and unobtrusive camerawork serves the music, the artist and the occasion well." -Gramophone

MusicWeb International
András Schiff gives a riveting performance of all six of Bach's French Suites, playing with emotion and subtlety. As an encore, he plays the French Overture and Italian Concerto, for more than two hours of piano mastery. The video is tastefully shot and the sound is excellent.

MusicWeb International
This is a wonderful performance of the French Suites, well filmed, with excellent sound, in a small, attractive setting. Any lover of these works simply must get this disc to be able to see and hear András Schiff, one of today's finest Bach interpreters on the piano, play these works that he seems to love so well.

Blu-ray.com
It may indeed have been "madness" for Schiff to undertake playing all six French Suites, plus two follow-ups, in one epic concert, but if András Schiff Plays Bach is any indication, it's divine madness. Schiff seems to float effortlessly through all of these pieces, delivering one gorgeously fluid moment after another. Seemingly in the thrall of such brilliantly crafted music, Schiff is almost like a man possessed at times, albeit possessed by a completely loving, calming spirit, which imbues these performances with a rare profundity and power. Highly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 168 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 3 in B minor, BWV 814
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1735