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Bach: English Suites 1-3

Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy was 81 when he recorded these Bach English Suites in 2019; the album appeared in 2021. Physical versions are accompanied by a bonus disc containing Ashkenazy's very first Bach album, a concerto recording from 1965; he then laid Bach aside until the 21st century. Bach was never exactly his specialty, but he has achieved interesting results in Bach's music, and this is still true here, even if there are passages where the fingers don't quite keep up with the spirit. It's notable that he expresses admiration for Glenn Gould's Bach playing, even though his own doesn't sound much like Gould's at all. Like Gould, he breaks up Bach's motoric textures, but instead of pedaling liberally and applying Chopin-level tempo rubato, he manages it all with articulation and slight alterations of the tempo. Here, he offers highly lyrical Sarabandes that don't sound quite like anyone else's. Ashkenazy's gift for the arresting opening gesture is everywhere in evidence, as is a certain X-factor coming from the pianist's fascination with the music. Decca's Potton Hall sound is sympathetic to his aims. This is not top-drawer Ashkenazy, but the pianist's compelling personality is still intact.
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English Suite No. 1 in A major, BWV 806 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Prélude
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
2. Allemande
00:03:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
3. Courante I
00:01:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
4. Courante II
00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
5. Double I
00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
6. Double II
00:02:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
7. Sarabande
00:03:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
8. Bourrée I
00:01:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
9. Bourrée II & Bourrée I Da Capo
00:02:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
10. Gigue
00:02:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

11
1. Prélude
00:04:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
2. Allemande
00:02:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
3. Courante
00:01:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
4. Sarabande
00:02:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
5. Les agréments de la même Sarabande
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

16
6. Bourrée I
00:02:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

17
7. Bourrée II & Bourrée I Da Capo
00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

18
8. Gigue
00:03:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

19
1. Prélude
00:02:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

20
2. Allemande
00:02:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

21
3. Courante
00:02:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

22
4. Sarabande
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

23
5. Les agréments de la même Sarabande
00:03:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

24
6. Gavotte I
00:01:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

25
7. Gavotte II & Gavotte I Da Capo
00:01:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

26
8. Gigue
00:02:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Ben Connellan, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy was 81 when he recorded these Bach English Suites in 2019; the album appeared in 2021. Physical versions are accompanied by a bonus disc containing Ashkenazy's very first Bach album, a concerto recording from 1965; he then laid Bach aside until the 21st century. Bach was never exactly his specialty, but he has achieved interesting results in Bach's music, and this is still true here, even if there are passages where the fingers don't quite keep up with the spirit. It's notable that he expresses admiration for Glenn Gould's Bach playing, even though his own doesn't sound much like Gould's at all. Like Gould, he breaks up Bach's motoric textures, but instead of pedaling liberally and applying Chopin-level tempo rubato, he manages it all with articulation and slight alterations of the tempo. Here, he offers highly lyrical Sarabandes that don't sound quite like anyone else's. Ashkenazy's gift for the arresting opening gesture is everywhere in evidence, as is a certain X-factor coming from the pianist's fascination with the music. Decca's Potton Hall sound is sympathetic to his aims. This is not top-drawer Ashkenazy, but the pianist's compelling personality is still intact.
© TiVo

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