J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Early Suites (Keyboard Suites - Vol. 1)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andrea Padova
Individual Works:Suite in A Minor, BWV 996
Praeludium et Partita , BWV 833
Suite in F Minor, BWV 823
Suite in A Major, BWV 832
Ouverture in F Major, BWV 820
Ouverture in G Minor, BWV 822
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Stradivarius
Catalog Number:STR 33540
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:78'47
Related Web Site:http://utenti.tripod.it/andreapadova/
Comments:Comments by Jan Hanford:

These early keyboard suites of Bach's are rarely recorded, and even more rarely on piano. Andrea Padova's performance is a delight. His touch is light and fluid, with clear articulation and excellent tempos and dynamic variation. The piano is recorded very dry, so you can hear each note very clearly.

Note: The piano is tuned "temperament ordinaire". The idea of recording Bach on piano but with historic tuning is quite controversial. I must admit I had difficulty with the sound of the tuning at first, but it is fascinating to hear these works performed on piano in a tuning from Bach's era. After a while I got used to it, and Andrea Padova's exquisite performance made this recording completely enjoyable. I will be looking forward to his additional volumes of suites.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:01/11/2001