JS Bach - French Suites | Harmonia Mundi HMU90758384

JS Bach - French Suites

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU90758384

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th July 2016



Richard Egarr (harpsichord)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

French Suites (6), BWV812-817


Richard Egarr (harpsichord)


Noted for his idiosyncratic and probing performances, British keyboard player and conductor Richard Egarr continues his Bach cycle with these captivating readings of the complete French Suites, BWV 812-817.

“High octane, muscular, a rush of blood to the head... Moments of calm between the storm ... were suddenly stark, raw and searching. … I was gripped by the energy of it all, by the urgency of the ornamentation, by the aching crunches in the Allemandes.” - Herald Scotland, concert review


[Egarr] digs into his harpsichord, a huge-sounding modern Dutch instrument, and produces dark, nutty tones with chunky middle voices and gnarly chordal textures. He adds embellishments all over the place and his rhythms are spiky and erratic. The playing is not dainty and it’s not polite, with bullish gigues and a loure in the Fifth Suite that sounds downright petulant, but that makes the warmth and lyricism of the allemandes and sarabandes doubly affecting when they come.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 3 June 2016

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