JS Bach - French Suites | Deutsche Grammophon 4796565

JS Bach - French Suites


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4796565

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 4th November 2016



Murray Perahia (piano)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

French Suites (6), BWV812-817


Murray Perahia (piano)


Murray Perahia has always felt a great affinity with the music of Bach, having played some of his pieces since childhood and been powerfully influenced by a performance he attended at the age of fifteen of the St Matthew Passion conducted by Pablo Casals. He also found solace in studying the composer on a daily basis during a period in which illness prevented him from playing. He sees the French Suites as “Bach on the highest level,” adding, “I don’t think Bach wrote one note that didn’t have wider meanings and that wasn’t to be tackled with all one’s heart and soul.” His recording revels in the music’s diverse moods, from melancholy tenderness to out-and-out joy, and brings out every nuance of its elegant phrasing and expressive dance rhythms.


As we expect from Perahia, everything sounds natural and inevitable. Ego doesn’t come into it: rather, he acts as a conduit between composer and audience with a purity that few can emulate... Perahia’s pacing is unerring throughout, and even if you tend to favour this movement slower, that one faster, the sense of narrative that he brings to these suites as a whole is utterly persuasive. ... I’ve only had this recording for five days but I predict a long and happy future in its company.  Harriet Smith (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone November 2016
Perahia is unrivalled in coaxing a subtle dialogue in the dances that resort to the artful pared-back minimalism of the two-part invention. There's nowhere to hide, and Perahia's effortless variety of touch, love of teasing voice-leading, and conversational affability would have it no other way.  Paul Riley (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Award Winner

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