J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

English Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Instrumentation:harpsichord
Individual Works: English Suite No. 1 in A major, BWV 806
English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808
English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809
English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:CDS 749008
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 46:15
disc 2: 50:43
Comments:The recording is too "klangy" for me; it makes my teeth hurt. The echo makes it sound unnatural and looses some of the detail of the harpsichord. I think his performance is over-expressive, his tempos feel awkward to me sometimes. Don't mistake this for Leonhardt bashing! I generally enjoy his work. Just this particular recording doesn't work for me; I always go back to the Huguette Dreyfus.
Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/14/1995