Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vladimir Ashkenazy – Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:22:48 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Classical
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Even though Vladimir Ashkenazy has been on the “piano market”. for over half a century, this recording of Bach’s French Suites is a brand new one : March 2016 and April 2017, thus it is not some kind of reprint or re-issue, but the fruit of a long maturation. Over the past twelve years, the pianist has increasingly turned to the music of J. S. Bach, starting with the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier, which he recorded in 2005. Working essentially from the Peters Urtext Edition, with a few suggestions of alternative readings from other sources, Ashkenazy makes clarity of sound his goal: “It was a privilege to do more Bach, and I tried to have a sound as clear as possible. The music is transparent, and Bach’s own instrument was terribly clear, so this has to be taken into account in pieces where there are lower bass lines, and a more involved texture. I use very few ornaments and don’t think of the sound of the harpsichord – the piano is what we have today. What I try to do is play on what we have today, and make the combination of voices as clear as possible”. This will hopefully put an end to any – useless and sterile anyway – discussion regarding whether Bach can or even should be played on anything else than the harpsichord, or be “allowed” onto modern or even ancient pianos.

Tracklist

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
01. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.1 in D Minor, BWV 812-1. Allemande
02. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.1 in D Minor, BWV 812-2. Courante
03. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.1 in D Minor, BWV 812-3. Sarabande
04. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.1 in D Minor, BWV 812-4. Menuet I-II
05. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.1 in D Minor, BWV 812-5. Gigue
06. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor, BWV 813-1. Allemande
07. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor, BWV 813-2. Courante
08. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor, BWV 813-3. Sarabande
09. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor, BWV 813-4. Air
10. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor, BWV 813-5. Menuet
11. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor, BWV 813-6. Gigue
12. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.3 in B Minor, BWV 814-1. Allemande
13. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.3 in B Minor, BWV 814-2. Courante
14. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.3 in B Minor, BWV 814-3. Sarabande
15. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.3 in B Minor, BWV 814-4. Menuet I-II
16. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.3 in B Minor, BWV 814-5. Gavotte
17. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.3 in B Minor, BWV 814-6. Gigue
18. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-1. Allemande
19. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-2. Courante
20. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-3. Sarabande
21. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-4. Gavotte
22. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-5. Air
23. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-6. Menuet
24. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.4 in E Flat, BWV 815-7. Gigue
25. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816-1. Allemande
26. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816-2. Courante
27. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816-3. Sarabande
28. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 In G, BWV 816-4. Gavotte
29. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816-5. Bourrée
30. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816-6. Loure
31. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816-7. Gigue
32. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-1. Allemande
33. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-2. Courante
34. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-3. Sarabande
35. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-4. Gavotte
36. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-5. Menuet Polonaise
37. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-6. Bourrée
38. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-7. Petit Menuet
39. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817-8. Gigue

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