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Murray Perahia|Johann Sebastian Bach : The French Suites

Johann Sebastian Bach : The French Suites

Murray Perahia

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Approaching age 70, American pianist Murray Perahia moves with this release from his longtime home of Sony Classical, formerly Columbia Masterworks, to Deutsche Grammophon. The set of Bach's six French Suites, BWV 812-817, was recorded in a Berlin studio in 2013, but did not appear until three years later. This probably testifies to the complexity of the move, but whatever the case, the wait has been worth it. Perahia has long been a marvelous Bach pianist, but the French Suites perhaps display his skills especially well. The "French suites" designation was applied by later writers, not by Bach himself, but they do capture something of the music, even if the dances involved were as much Italian as French by the time Bach composed them in 1722. They apply deep counterpoint to dance rhythms, and Perahia's genius resides not in some great overarching concept of how to play Bach but in finding the balance between disparate elements in a work, and in finding the human warmth in the result. Each movement is distinctive; each moment unfolds something new. You could really start sampling anywhere, but try the final gigue of the second suite, in C minor, where the little ornaments that form the central feature of the movement each take on a rather eerie individual significance. Perahia avoids extremes of tempo, and his extremely detailed approach could be called intellectual, but only if that word did not denote a certain coolness: Perahia is never cool. A wonderful Bach recording of the sort that one will return to again and again.
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Murray Perahia

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

1
I. Allemande
00:03:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Courante
00:01:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
III. Sarabande
00:02:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
IV. Menuet I - V. Menuet II
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
VI. Gigue
00:02:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6
I. Allemande
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
II. Courante
00:01:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
III. Sarabande
00:03:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
IV. Air
00:01:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
V. Menuet I - VI. Menuet II
00:03:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
VII. Gigue
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
I. Allemande
00:03:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
II. Courante
00:02:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

14
III. Sarabande
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
IV. Anglaise
00:01:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
V. Menuet I - VI. Menuet II
00:03:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
VII. Gigue
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

French Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 815 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

18
I. Allemande
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
II. Courante
00:01:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
III. Sarabande
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
IV. Gavotte
00:03:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
V. Menuet
00:00:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
VI. Air
00:01:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
VII. Gigue
00:02:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

25
I. Allemande
00:03:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
II. Courante
00:01:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
III. Sarabande
00:04:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
IV. Gavotte
00:01:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
V. Bourrée
00:01:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

30
VI. Loure
00:01:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
VII. Gigue
00:03:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV 817 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

32
I. Allemande
00:02:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

33
II. Courante
00:01:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
III. Sarabande
00:03:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

35
IV. Gavotte
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

36
V. Polonaise
00:01:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

37
VI. Petit Menuet
00:00:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

38
VII. Bourrée
00:01:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

39
VIII. Gigue
00:02:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Murray Perahia, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Martin Nagorni, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Approaching age 70, American pianist Murray Perahia moves with this release from his longtime home of Sony Classical, formerly Columbia Masterworks, to Deutsche Grammophon. The set of Bach's six French Suites, BWV 812-817, was recorded in a Berlin studio in 2013, but did not appear until three years later. This probably testifies to the complexity of the move, but whatever the case, the wait has been worth it. Perahia has long been a marvelous Bach pianist, but the French Suites perhaps display his skills especially well. The "French suites" designation was applied by later writers, not by Bach himself, but they do capture something of the music, even if the dances involved were as much Italian as French by the time Bach composed them in 1722. They apply deep counterpoint to dance rhythms, and Perahia's genius resides not in some great overarching concept of how to play Bach but in finding the balance between disparate elements in a work, and in finding the human warmth in the result. Each movement is distinctive; each moment unfolds something new. You could really start sampling anywhere, but try the final gigue of the second suite, in C minor, where the little ornaments that form the central feature of the movement each take on a rather eerie individual significance. Perahia avoids extremes of tempo, and his extremely detailed approach could be called intellectual, but only if that word did not denote a certain coolness: Perahia is never cool. A wonderful Bach recording of the sort that one will return to again and again.
© TiVo

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