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Bach: English Suites / Angela Hewitt

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 1 in A major, BWV 806
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 4 in F major, BWV 809
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite, for keyboard no 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (BC L17)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite, for keyboard no 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (BC L18)
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Notes & Reviews:

"Angela Hewitt's Bach usually seems too carefull and too regular. In the English Suites (however), she shows a little more willingness to bend the tempo, to vary the articualtion, to make interesting variations in phrasing. Some movements make a marvelous impression." - Haskins, ARG

'...this might well be the finest set of English Suites on the piano' (Goldberg Early Music Magazine)

'Now regarded as one of the most consistently refreshing interpreters of Bach on the modern piano...As ever, Hewitt brings this music to life with remarkably crisp articulation in the brisk contrapuntal movements, deep feeling in the sarabandes and exhilarating joie de vivre in the final gigues' (The Sunday Times)

'Once again, Angela Hewitt proves that she's one of the most penetrating interpreters of Bach on the piano, with a superlative account of the six English Suites. She's an astonishingly supple player, elegant in the French dance elements, brilliant in the Italianate flourishes, and fully in control of the works' complex chromaticisms. Another tour de force from this wonderful player' (The Independent)

'The standard of excellence Angela Hewitt has set in previous installments in her Hyperion Bach cycle continues unabated with the English Suites' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I thoroughly enjoy Hewitt's unaffected playing, her easy-going virtuosity, careful dynamics, and frequent grace, as well as power' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is arguably the finest recording of these works on modern piano. Hewitt projects the different characters of individual dances, as well as those of entire suites, with great beauty, clarity and refinement' (Goldberg Early Music Magazine 'Best of 2004')

bbc.co.uk - Andrew McGregor
If you've ever shuddered at the extremes of expression, interpretation, tempi and noises-off in Gould's Bach, then Hewitt should be a profound pleasure...That's not to say that there isn't effervescent, energetic playing - there's plenty, but while brisk tempi are allowed, there's no rush, which gives Hewitt time to let every voice speak, and for her ornamentation to be impeccably delivered.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 1 in A major, BWV 806
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/04/2002-08/07/2002)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/31/2003/04/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/04/2002-08/07/2002)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 4 in F major, BWV 809
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/31/2003/04/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite, for keyboard no 5 in E minor, BWV 810 (BC L17)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/31/2003/04/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite, for keyboard no 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (BC L18)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/04/2002-08/07/2002)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720