Bach: The English Suites

Bach: The English Suites

by Angela Hewitt
     
 

Angela Hewitt's performances of Bach's "English Suites" must rank among the finest piano renditions since Glenn Gould recorded them in the early '70s. In this 2003 release from Hyperion, Hewitt rivals Gould in thoughtfulness, profound musicality, and boldness, and she may even have an edge over him since her distinctive playing has none of the idiosyncrasies that made… See more details below

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Angela Hewitt's performances of Bach's "English Suites" must rank among the finest piano renditions since Glenn Gould recorded them in the early '70s. In this 2003 release from Hyperion, Hewitt rivals Gould in thoughtfulness, profound musicality, and boldness, and she may even have an edge over him since her distinctive playing has none of the idiosyncrasies that made Gould controversial. Meticulous without being mechanical, brisk without sounding busy, deeply emotional without emoting, and unafraid of producing a rich sound when needed, Hewitt imbues the suites with vivacity, color, and warmth. Her firm but sensitive touch contributes in large measure to her success. Yet even greater factors are her fertile imagination and her intellectual grasp of the pieces' textures, contours, and varied characters, all of which she convincingly translates into the piano's medium. Especially noteworthy is Hewitt's use of ornamentation as a rhythmic element, since she often uses trills and mordents to propel the music forward. This double disc engages the listener from beginning to end because Hewitt's conceptions are always fresh and surprising, and one can only marvel how inventive she is over the album's 144 minutes. The Hybrid SACD recording is exceptional, capturing the piano's full range at an ideal level, and the performer's presence is almost palpable.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Jed Distler
The standard of excellence Angela Hewitt has set in previous installments in her Hyperion Bach cycle continues unabated with the English Suites.
New Zealand Herald - William Dart
[Hewitt] rings changes with the simplest dances (the G minor Gavottes) by keen articulation and unexpected phrasing, and every inflection is cherished in this immaculate Hyperion studio recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571174518
catalogNumber:
67451/2

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  1. English Suite for keyboard No. 1 in A major, BWV 806  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Caspar David Friedrich  - Angela Hewitt  - Tim Parry  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon
  2. English Suite for keyboard No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Caspar David Friedrich  - Angela Hewitt  - Tim Parry  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon
  3. English Suite for keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Caspar David Friedrich  - Angela Hewitt  - Tim Parry  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon
  4. English Suite for keyboard No. 4 in F major, BWV 809  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Caspar David Friedrich  - Angela Hewitt  - Tim Parry  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon
  5. English Suite for keyboard No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Caspar David Friedrich  - Angela Hewitt  - Tim Parry  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon
  6. English Suite for keyboard No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Caspar David Friedrich  - Angela Hewitt  - Tim Parry  - Edward Perry  - Terry Shannon

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