Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bach - 6 French Suites - Andras Schiff






Bach - 6 French Suites - Andras Schiff
Piano | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 2 CD, 499 MB
August 10, 1993 | Decca | RapidShare



András Schiff is one of the best Bach players among Gould, Rosalyn Tureck and Wanda Landowska. On Schiff's French Suites, every part from every suite has a different color and gives you different feeling. Every harmony is taken to its end with care, and dynamic balance is always delightful to listen. Articulation of the notes is excellent, full of humour, and in some places you surely start to smile and you feel very happy when you listen to Schiff. He also plays the slow parts very deeply and warmly, which is for some artists a big problem when playing Bach. There are also Italian Concerto and French Overture on the CD's, played brilliantly, so this set is really worth buying. Recommended for everyone.--Amazon


With Glenn Gould's untimely death in 1982, the time was ripe for András Schiff's formidable gifts as a Bach interpreter to garner international attention--and rightfully so. Although Schiff admired and was influenced by Gould, he approaches Bach on the piano quite differently. For instance, Schiff's warm, luminous tone contrasts with Gould's gaunt, stripped-down sonority, drawing inspiration from the grandeur and flexibility of tempo that typifies Bach performances from pianists such as Edwin Fischer and Miecyslaw Horszowski. At the same time, Schiff always has kept up with the latest scholarship in regard to embellishment and articulation. As you listen to Schiff in the Partitas, English Suites, French Suites, and the B minor French Overture, you can't help but notice both the way the pianist's tempos accurately pinpoint the music's dance origins and the improvisatory feeling with which he imbues the ornaments on the repeats.

CD Content

French Suite, for keyboard No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812 (BC L19)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

French Suite, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 (BC L20)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

French Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

French Suite, for keyboard No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 (BC L22)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

French Suite, for keyboard No. 6 in E major, BWV 817 (BC L24)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

Overture in the French Manner, partita for keyboard in B minor (Clavier-Übung II/2), BWV 831
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
with Andras Schiff

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