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Vladimir Ashkenazy|Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817

Bach: French Suites, BWV 812-817

Vladimir Ashkenazy

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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.

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

1
1. Allemande
00:02:53

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

2
2. Courante
00:01:54

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

3
3. Sarabande
00:02:32

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

4
4. Menuet I-II
00:03:12

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

5
5. Gigue
00:03:07

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

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

6
1. Allemande
00:02:54

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

7
2. Courante
00:01:39

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

8
3. Sarabande
00:03:04

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

9
4. Air
00:01:29

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

10
5. Menuet
00:01:09

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

11
6. Gigue
00:02:25

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

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

12
1. Allemande
00:02:51

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

13
2. Courante
00:01:50

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

14
3. Sarabande
00:02:58

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

15
4. Menuet I-II
00:02:30

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

16
5. Gavotte
00:01:16

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

17
6. Gigue
00:02:07

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

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

18
1. Allemande
00:01:37

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

19
2. Courante
00:01:42

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

20
3. Sarabande
00:02:38

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

21
4. Gavotte
00:01:07

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

22
5. Air
00:01:34

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

23
6. Menuet
00:01:06

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

24
7. Gigue
00:02:23

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

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

25
1. Allemande
00:02:42

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

26
2. Courante
00:01:32

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

27
3. Sarabande
00:03:49

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

28
4. Gavotte
00:01:06

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

29
5. Bourrée
00:01:29

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

30
6. Loure
00:02:02

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

31
7. Gigue
00:03:21

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

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

32
1. Allemande
00:02:25

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

33
2. Courante
00:01:32

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

34
3. Sarabande
00:02:46

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

35
4. Gavotte
00:01:08

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

36
5. Menuet Polonaise
00:01:47

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

37
6. Bourrée
00:01:31

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

38
7. Petit Menuet
00:01:21

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

39
8. Gigue
00:02:20

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

℗ 2017 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

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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