Bach: Six French Suites BWV 812 – 817

‘Written between 1722 and 1725, the six French Suites are simple, melodic and elegant, with a gracefulness and lightness that probably earned their nickname ‘French’ as a way of distinguishing them from Bach’s other suites. Each French Suite has a distinct personality, the first three being tauter and more tightly constructed in minor keys, the next three looser and more relaxed in major keys.’

Joanna MacGregor is again warmer than her competitors and is placed here in a more resonant acoustic,  which heightens the fluidity of her playing. She is generally swifter than Hewitt in terms of tempi, and her use of the sustaining pedal creates a quite different effect on many pieces. That gorgeous Sarabande in the French Suite No.1, for instance, becomes something more vocal in its expression,…..a beautifully pellucid set of French Suites. I commend this release very highly indeed.
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A beautiful, subtle recording of Bach’s most intimate works.
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