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Pieter-Jan Belder|J.S. Bach: English Suites BWV806-811

J.S. Bach: English Suites BWV806-811

Pieter-Jan Belder

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The complete sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and the first-ever complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book are monuments old and new of the Brilliant Classics catalogue. Their author, harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder, has recently been adding to his considerable Bach catalogue with new recordings of canonical masterpieces such as the Goldberg Variations, the Toccatas BWV 910-916 and The Art of Fugue : these have attracted the enthusiasm of international critics: ‘Excellently recorded and faultlessly played’ (Goldbergs; Early Music Review).

Belder now turns his attention to the collection of six suites probably assembled by Bach in around 1725 from material he may have composed as early as a decade previously, while he had been in service to the Duke of Weimar. Despite their title, there is nothing especially English about these suites; they differ from the later French suites in their grander scale and more serious vein of expression, which reaches its height in the Sarabande of the Third Suite, which has become a profound meditation in the hands of artists as diverse as Maria João Pires and Sviatoslav Richter.
However, in the English Suites we find not the Bach of the Goldbergs’ solitary and introspective poet but the extrovert performer, especially in the ebullient concerto-style preludes of Nos. 2 to 6. The intricate counterpoint of the Allemandes is effectively contrasted with the spring in the step of the later dances such as the Minuets of No. 4 and the Passepieds of No. 5, while each suite ends with a flourish: a gigue of searching harmonies and whirling momentum to test the technique of the most accomplished performers. ‘Without bringing anything provocative into his interpretations, [Belder] dependably makes the listener comfortable and attentive. He draws attention not to himself but to the music. His imagination serves the composer’. (American Record Guide). © Brilliant Classics

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J.S. Bach: English Suites BWV806-811

Pieter-Jan Belder

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1
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: I. Prélude
00:02:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

2
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: II. Allemande
00:05:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

3
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: III. Courante I
00:01:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

4
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: IV. Courante II Avec Deux Doubles
00:06:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

5
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: V. Sarabande
00:04:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

6
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: Vi. Bourrée I & II
00:04:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

7
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: VII. Gigue
00:02:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

8
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: I. Prélude
00:05:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

9
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: II. Allemande
00:04:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

10
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: III. Courante
00:01:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

11
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: IV. Sarabande
00:04:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

12
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: V. Bourrée I & 2
00:04:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

13
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: Vi. Gigue
00:03:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

14
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: I. Prélude
00:03:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

15
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: II. Allemande
00:04:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

16
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: III. Courante
00:02:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

17
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: IV. Sarabande
00:03:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

18
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: V. Gavotte I & Gavotte II Ou La Musette
00:03:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

19
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: Vi. Gigue
00:02:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

20
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: I. Prélude, Vitement
00:04:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

21
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: II. Allemande
00:04:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

22
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: III. Courante
00:01:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

23
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: IV. Sarabande
00:03:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

24
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: V. Menuet I & II
00:03:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

25
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809: Vi. Gigue
00:03:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

26
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: I. Prélude
00:05:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

27
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: II. Allemande
00:04:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

28
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: III. Courante
00:02:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

29
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: IV. Sarabande
00:03:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

30
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: V. Passepied I & II
00:03:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

31
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810: Vi. Gigue
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

32
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: I. Prélude
00:08:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

33
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: II. Allemande
00:04:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

34
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: III. Courante
00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

35
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: IV. Sarabande & Double
00:06:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

36
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: V. Gavotte I & II
00:03:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

37
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: Vi. Gigue
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter-Jan Belder, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

The complete sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and the first-ever complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book are monuments old and new of the Brilliant Classics catalogue. Their author, harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder, has recently been adding to his considerable Bach catalogue with new recordings of canonical masterpieces such as the Goldberg Variations, the Toccatas BWV 910-916 and The Art of Fugue : these have attracted the enthusiasm of international critics: ‘Excellently recorded and faultlessly played’ (Goldbergs; Early Music Review).

Belder now turns his attention to the collection of six suites probably assembled by Bach in around 1725 from material he may have composed as early as a decade previously, while he had been in service to the Duke of Weimar. Despite their title, there is nothing especially English about these suites; they differ from the later French suites in their grander scale and more serious vein of expression, which reaches its height in the Sarabande of the Third Suite, which has become a profound meditation in the hands of artists as diverse as Maria João Pires and Sviatoslav Richter.
However, in the English Suites we find not the Bach of the Goldbergs’ solitary and introspective poet but the extrovert performer, especially in the ebullient concerto-style preludes of Nos. 2 to 6. The intricate counterpoint of the Allemandes is effectively contrasted with the spring in the step of the later dances such as the Minuets of No. 4 and the Passepieds of No. 5, while each suite ends with a flourish: a gigue of searching harmonies and whirling momentum to test the technique of the most accomplished performers. ‘Without bringing anything provocative into his interpretations, [Belder] dependably makes the listener comfortable and attentive. He draws attention not to himself but to the music. His imagination serves the composer’. (American Record Guide). © Brilliant Classics

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