Richard Egarr – Bach: The French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – The French Suites, BWV 812-817 – Richard Egarr (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 01:45:08 minutes | 2,12 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded in August, 2015 at United Mennonite Church (Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente) in Haarlem, Netherlands

Richard Egarr is world renowned for directing the Academy of Ancient Music and other period ensembles, though his fine reputation is equally based on his performances of Baroque keyboard music, which he has recorded extensively for Harmonia Mundi. This 2016 release of Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suites, BWV 812-817, which Egarr plays on a modern replica of a ca. 1650 harpsichord by Joseph Johannes Couchet, continues his series of highly polished recordings of great Baroque keyboard pieces, which includes works by George Frederick Handel, Henry Purcell, and François Couperin, and follows his 2012 release of Bach’s English Suites, BWV 806-811. The variety of his interpretations of 18th century dance forms and their expressive possibilities make Egarr’s performances especially appealing, and the freshness of his ornamentation and his lively rhythms keep the music surprising at every turn. The six suites are divided evenly between two CDs, and Egarr concludes with the Menuet II and three variant Courantes from BWV 813, using the 1722 autograph from the Klavierbüchlein, a copy by Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, and a copy by Anna Magdalena Bach. Highly recommended for Bach fans who prefer historically informed performances on harpsichord.

Tracklist:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

French Suites, BWV 812-817
French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812
01 | I. Allemande 4’14
02 | II. Courante 2’00
03 | III. Sarabande 2’43
04 | IV. Menuet I & II 3’19
05 | V. Gigue 2’57

French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813
06 | I. Allemande 3’21
07 | II. Courante 2’11
08 | III. Sarabande 3’29
09 | IV. Air 1’26
10 | V. Menuet I 1’30
11 | VI. Gigue 2’20

French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814
12 | I. Allemande 3’49
13 | II. Courante 2’18
14 | III. Sarabande 3’18
15 | IV. Menuet I & II (Trio) 3’44
16 | V. Angloise (Gavotte) 1’43
17 | VI. Gigue 2’28

French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815
01 | I. Allemande 3’30
02 | II. Courante 2’04
03 | III. Sarabande 3’17
04 | IV. Gavotte 1’24
05 | V. Air 1’53
06 | VI. Menuet0’56
07 | VII. Gigue 2’32

French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
08 | I. Allemande 3’35
09 | II. Courante 1’54
10 | III. Sarabande 4’16
11 | IV. Gavotte 1’07
12 | V. Bourrée 1’28
13 | VI. Loure 2’14
14 | VII. Gigue 3’51

French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
15 | I. Allemande 3’46
16 | II. Courante 1’43
17 | III. Sarabande 2’55
18 | IV. Gavotte 1’06
19 | V. Polonaise 1’40
20 | VI. Menuet 1’18
21 | VII. Bourrée 1’50
22 | VIII. Gigue 2’43
23 | V. Menuet II 1’17

French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813/II
24 | II. Courante (after the autograph, Klavierbüchlein 1722) 1’50
25 | II. Courante (after the copy by H. N. Gerber) 1’58
26 | II. Courante (after the copy by Anna Magdalena Bach, Klavierbüchlein 1725) 2’05

Personnel:
Richard Egarr, Harpsichord

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