Vladimir Ashkenazy Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817

Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817

Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Released on June 30, 2017 by Decca

Main artist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Genre: Classical

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Album : 1 disk - 39 tracks Total length : 01:22:48

    French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  1. 1 1. Allemande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  2. 2 2. Courante

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  3. 3 3. Sarabande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  4. 4 4. Menuet I-II

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  5. 5 5. Gigue

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  6. French Suite No.2 In C Minor, BWV 813
  7. 6 1. Allemande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  8. 7 2. Courante

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  9. 8 3. Sarabande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  10. 9 4. Air

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  11. 10 5. Menuet

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  12. 11 6. Gigue

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  13. French Suite No.3 in B minor, BWV 814
  14. 12 1. Allemande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  15. 13 2. Courante

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  16. 14 3. Sarabande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  17. 15 4. Menuet I-II

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  18. 16 5. Gavotte

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  19. 17 6. Gigue

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  20. French Suite No.4 in E flat, BWV 815
  21. 18 1. Allemande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  22. 19 2. Courante

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  23. 20 3. Sarabande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  24. 21 4. Gavotte

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  25. 22 5. Air

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  26. 23 6. Menuet

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  27. 24 7. Gigue

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  28. French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816
  29. 25 1. Allemande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  30. 26 2. Courante

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  31. 27 3. Sarabande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  32. 28 4. Gavotte

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  33. 29 5. Bourrée

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  34. 30 6. Loure

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  35. 31 7. Gigue

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  36. French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817
  37. 32 1. Allemande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  38. 33 2. Courante

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  39. 34 3. Sarabande

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  40. 35 4. Gavotte

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  41. 36 5. Menuet Polonaise

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  42. 37 6. Bourrée

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  43. 38 7. Petit Menuet

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

  44. 39 8. Gigue

    Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer Copyright : ℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

About

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.

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