J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

English Suites Nos. 1, 3, 6

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Murray Perahia
Individual Works:English Suites 1,3,&6 for keyboard (piano):
BWV 806
BWV 808
BWV 811
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:SONY
Catalog Number:SK60276
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Total Playing Time:65 minutes
Comments:Frank H. Chae said:

The long awaited Bach interpretation by possibly the greatest pianist alive, Murray Perahia, has finally arrived. This recording is a must for anyone who cannot live without listening to Bach everyday. Although authentic instrument buffs may be put off by these piano works (it's on a Steinway), Perahia stays true to the inner sensibilities of Bach without betraying the period of its composition. Take heart, you will not find Romantic or eccentric impositions on these timeless works for the sake of being "artistic" or fashionable. Perahia brings honest realization of Bach's thoughts without distracting ornamentation. One minor complaint or praise depending on how you look at it, is that sometimes, there is a glimmer of Chopin's pathos which shines through during the slower movements. I wonder if Chopin would have played Bach in this manner? Overall, this performance is glorious proof that Perahia is back in his top form, perhaps now at the pinnacle of his career. It's a pity though, that there are so few works of Bach from Perahia.

Peter Schrooyen said:

A magnificent recording, indeed! A wonderful review was given in BBC Classical Music, earlier this year. The remaining Suites will be released in 1999... I can't wait for it!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Frank H. Chae
  • Peter Schrooyen
Date First Submitted:05/22/1998