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Track(s) taken from CDA67191/2
Recording details: January 1997
Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 18 minutes 52 seconds

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'Everything has been deeply considered. Everything works. Hewitt makes a beautiful, limpid sound; her ornaments are exquisitely precise as well as sounding natural; she uses the subtle shadings and variations of volume possible on the piano without swamping the music. Technically the paying is faultless … superbly poised, light and joyous. Indeed, that would sum up the entire set' (Classic CD)

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'Pouvait-on imaginer Bach aussi limineux, brillant? … Un exercice 'parfait', à écouter et é réécouter pour un savourer toute la puissance, toute l'éloquence (Répertoire, France)

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Partita No 3 in A minor, BWV827
composer
1728

Fantasia  [2'04]
Allemande  [2'57]
Corrente  [3'09]
Sarabande  [3'56]
Burlesca  [2'17]
Scherzo  [1'10]
Gigue  [3'19]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Partita No 3 in A minor is unjustifiably rarely played. Perhaps its opening Fantasia is not considered ‘impressive’ enough. Certainly compared to the opening movements of the other five, it is very unassuming (it is in fact a lovely, easy-flowing two-part invention). It might sound simple, but unexpected turns in the two voices make it tricky to memorize. An elegant Allemande is followed by a vigorous Corrente with perky dotted rhythms and octave leaps. The Sarabande provides a moment of tender repose in an otherwise mostly restless suite. It is a trio of unusual beauty, and I find it easy to imagine two woodwind instruments playing over a continuo bass. In the earlier version of this Partita the Burlesca was entitled Menuet (the music is the same) and there was no Scherzo. These two movements, which should follow in rapid succession, considerably boost the overall energy of the piece and lead straight into the three-part Gigue fugue. Was Bach making fun of the rules of counterpoint when he wrote the descending scale in octaves in the Burlesca? I think it most likely.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 1997

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