J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

French Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Angela Hewitt
Individual Works:French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812
French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813
French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814
French Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817
Six Little Preludes: BWV 924,925,926,927,928,930
Six LIttle Preludes: BWV933,934,935,936,937,938
Six Little Preludes: BWV939,940,941,942,943,999
Sonata: BWV964
Prelude and Fugue: BWV894
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hyperion
Catalog Number:CDA67121/2
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:150'54
Comments:Caroline Watkins said:

I'd have paid Hyperion's price just for the French Suites! Angela Hewitt has made these 2 CD's even more worthy by adding all 18 Little Preludes, the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, and the Sonata in D minor. The Sonata is very interesting because it is Bach's transcriptions of one of the solo violin works. I'm especially pleased, as a beginning/intermediate pianist, to have such a sympathethic recording of the Little Preludes. Ms. Hewitt's recording of the Inventions and Sinfonias is also excellent.

Jordan Sayers said:

Angela Hewitt has quickly become my favorite contemporary pianist due to her exquisite recordings of Bach's keyboard works. One of my pet-peeves with any keyboard recording (whether it be piano, harpsichord, clavichord) is the sound engineering. Thus far, I can not find fault with any of the several Hewitt cds I own: the microphone distance, reverb, etc. are perfect, better than most cds (and I have nearly nine-hundred) This two-disc set also includes Sonata in D Minor (BWV 964), the Twelve and Six Little Preludes (which never sounded so nice on piano) and Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (BWV 894). From my listening experience, one can't go wrong with any of Hewitt's Bach recordings.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Caroline Watkins
  • Jordan Sayers
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/03/1997