J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Partita, English Suite, French Suite

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Maria Joao Pires
Individual Works:Partita no.1, in B flat major, BWV 825
English Suite no. 3, in G minor, BWV 808
French Suite no. 2, in C minor, BWV 813
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:447 894-2
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:57'43
Related Web Site:http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/home.htms?CONTENT=artist/one.htms?ART_ID=PIRMA
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

I became interested in Maria Joao Pires since buying her Mozart Sonatas from the early 1970's. This recording of various Bach's pieces is very enjoyable. Her playing is very dramatic. She plays very forcefully but is also able to withdraw into extreme subtlety. Perhaps her quiet passages are a bit too quiet in contrast to her forceful interpretation. That kind of dymanic variation is not possible on the harpsichord and is particularly pleasant, or appropriate, on the piano. But her clarity and interpretive skill is impressive and, overall, I enjoyed this recording.

Peter H.T.G. Heuts said:

Reading you're interesting homepage and looking through the recordings of the French Suites I was somewhat surprised not to come across this recent recording of high quality. Until recently I knew three recordings of the French Suites (Gavrilov, Gould, Leonhardt). The recording of Maria Joao Pires only offers the Second French Suite, and it makes me curious to hear the other 5 performed by her... What do I like most in this recording? Always difficult to describe, but I suppose the clarity, subtlety and gentleness are the main strengths . Maybe it's worthwhile to mention that I play some of the French Suites myself and therefore not very often listen to recordings of it. Recordings very often are so impressive, that they influence your playing too much (e.g. listening to Glenn Goulds pervades every beginning personal touch).

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Peter H.T.G. Heuts
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/04/1998