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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The English Suites

Angela Hewitt (piano)
2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted
Recording details: Various dates
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 143 minutes 37 seconds
 
English Suite No 1 in A major BWV806
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English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV807
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English Suite No 3 in G minor BWV808
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English Suite No 4 in F major BWV809
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English Suite No 5 in E minor BWV810
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English Suite No 6 in D minor BWV811
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With the English Suites (the 'English' is not Bach's and there is nothing particularly English about them) Angela Hewitt all but completes her survey of Bach's keyboard works (there will be one further CD mopping up various odds and ends). These six suites, along with the French Suites and the six Partitas, present Bach's mature thoughts on the standard baroque suite of dances and as such are the greatest examples of the form.

Unlike the smaller scale French Suites the English all begin with a large-scale prelude, often rather concerto-like and very virtuosic; these are works for a very accomplished professional player rather than the amateur that much keyboard music of the 18th century would have been aimed at.

Angela Hewitt rises to all the challenges in her usual superb style and needless to say these performances will meet with the acclaim of her previous Bach recordings.

Awards

CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK (The Sunday Times)
CD OF THE WEEK (Daily Telegraph)
DISC OF THE WEEK (BBC Radio 3)