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Partita No 4 in D major, BWV828
composer
1729

Recordings
'Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach' (CDS44421/35)
Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach
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'Bach: The Six Partitas' (CDA67191/2)
Bach: The Six Partitas
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'Angela Hewitt – Bach Performance on the Piano' (DVDA68001)
Angela Hewitt – Bach Performance on the Piano
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Details
Movement 1: Ouverture – [Allegro]
Track 2 on DVDA68001 CD2 [6'22] 2CDs DVD
Track 13 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [6'28] 2CDs
Track 13 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [6'28] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Allemande
Track 3 on DVDA68001 CD2 [9'12] 2CDs DVD
Track 14 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [8'35] 2CDs
Track 14 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [8'35] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Courante
Track 4 on DVDA68001 CD2 [3'42] 2CDs DVD
Track 15 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [3'42] 2CDs
Track 15 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [3'42] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Aria
Track 5 on DVDA68001 CD2 [2'09] 2CDs DVD
Track 16 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [2'17] 2CDs
Track 16 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [2'17] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 5: Sarabande
Track 6 on DVDA68001 CD2 [6'03] 2CDs DVD
Track 17 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [5'47] 2CDs
Track 17 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [5'47] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 6: Menuet
Track 7 on DVDA68001 CD2 [1'29] 2CDs DVD
Track 18 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [1'31] 2CDs
Track 18 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [1'31] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 7: Gigue
Track 8 on DVDA68001 CD2 [3'51] 2CDs DVD
Track 19 on CDA67191/2 CD1 [3'58] 2CDs
Track 19 on CDS44421/35 CD6 [3'58] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Partita No 4 in D major, BWV828
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The Partita No 4 in D major is a glorious work. It has both intimacy and grandeur in abundance and, with the sixth Partita, is the longest of the set. The French Ouverture with which it begins immediately captures our attention with its flourishes, trills and double-dotting. Orchestral in nature, it moves on to a fugal section in concerto style that is nevertheless wonderfully dance-like. One of my favourite moments in all of the Partitas is the D major Allemande with its long singing phrases and beguiling intimacy. A calm but flowing tempo is needed for the ear to follow the harmonic progressions under the florid melody. After a joyful, rhythmically inventive Courante, Bach does the unusual and inserts an Aria before the Sarabande. It has been suggested that this was just to fill up some blank space on the engraver’s page, but for me this is a perfect way to prolong the lively mood established by the Courante before returning to intimate feelings with the Sarabande. The opening motif of this movement, with its ascending flourish, seems to ask a question – which is then answered in the following two bars. The delicate, two-part counterpoint roams about, again like the Allemande in long, poignant phrases. A brief Menuet, deftly combining duple and triple rhythms, is followed by a Gigue sharing Bach’s infectious vigour and zest for life.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 1997

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