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

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  2. 2 2. Courante

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  3. 3 3. Sarabande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  4. 4 4. Menuet I-II

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  5. 5 5. Gigue

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

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

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  8. 7 2. Courante

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  9. 8 3. Sarabande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  10. 9 4. Air

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  11. 10 5. Menuet

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  12. 11 6. Gigue

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

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

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  15. 13 2. Courante

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  16. 14 3. Sarabande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  17. 15 4. Menuet I-II

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  18. 16 5. Gavotte

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  19. 17 6. Gigue

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

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

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  22. 19 2. Courante

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  23. 20 3. Sarabande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  24. 21 4. Gavotte

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  25. 22 5. Air

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  26. 23 6. Menuet

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  27. 24 7. Gigue

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

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

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  30. 26 2. Courante

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  31. 27 3. Sarabande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  32. French Suite No.5 In G, BWV 816
  33. 28 4. Gavotte

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  34. French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816
  35. 29 5. Bourrée

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  36. 30 6. Loure

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  37. 31 7. Gigue

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  38. French Suite No.6 in E, BWV 817
  39. 32 1. Allemande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  40. 33 2. Courante

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  41. 34 3. Sarabande

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  42. 35 4. Gavotte

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  43. 36 5. Menuet Polonaise

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  44. 37 6. Bourrée

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  45. 38 7. Petit Menuet

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

  46. 39 8. Gigue

    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Jeremy Hayes, Recording Producer - Ben Connellan, Recording Engineer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

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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