JS Bach - The French Suites | Accentus ACC30404

JS Bach - The French Suites


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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC30404

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



Zhu Xiao-Mei (piano)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

French Suites (6), BWV812-817


Zhu Xiao-Mei (piano)


‘It is with children in mind that I recorded these French Suites, always having heartfelt simplicity and purity in their mind. Children see the world with hope, optimism, and cast in light – much like Miró sees the world. I find a childlike purity in him, similar to what I hear in the French Suites. There is a quote by Miró that touches me enormously and makes me think a lot whenever I play, as it reflects something that may be the most difficult aspect of musical interpretation – and of art in general: “To gain freedom is to gain simplicity”.’ - Zhu Xiao-Mei


Eschewing flashy showmanship, [Zhu Xiao-Mei] focuses instead on drawing a limpid cantabile sound, and on making the rhythms dance: her Allemandes drift with liquid motion; sprightly Courantes offset poetic and delicately embellished Sarabandes, while her Gigues almost skip off the keyboard. ... In short, these are honset and deeply affectionate performances, set to become a classic.  Kate Bolton-Porciatti
BBC Music Magazine September 2017

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