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J. S. Bach, English Suites (BWV 806-811), Angela Hewitt, piano (released on October 14, 2003)
This is not to say that Hewitt does not play some very fast movements (like the rollicking gigue of the fourth suite), but even those are not precipitous as you sometimes hear in Gould's recordings or Hamelin's. More often than not, Hewitt hits precisely upon that tempo giusto for a Bach movement, and makes up for an occasional lack of excitement with an impressive control. No detail of the score -- hints of thematic fragments, references to other genres, textural shifts -- escapes her attention. Take a listen for yourself to these excerpt tracks from Hyperion.
Jens F. Laurson, Angela Hewitt at the National Gallery (December 18, 2003)
Jens F. Laurson, Dip Your Ears, No. 39: Angela Hewitt, Bach Concerti, vol. 2 (July 31, 2005)
Piotr Anderszewski at the NGA (6th suite, April 27, 2006)
David Cates at the Library of Congress (3rd suite, April 23, 2005)
As a young person Angela Hewitt -- the daughter of Dr. Godfrey Hewitt, organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, who died the year before this recording was released -- was also trained in dance (tall and thin, she still has a dancer's frame), and the balletic play of her arms over the keyboard is something you can appreciate only when you see her play in person. In the dance movements of these suites, Hewitt's performances are impelled by rhythm, not implacably but with the insistence of human movement. (For an excellent example, listen to the pair of irresistibly light-footed gavottes of the sixth suite. I defy you not at least to bob your head.) She tends toward too slow in the tempi of allemandes and sarabandes, for my taste, but thankfully not as wearingly as in Cédric Tiberghien's recording of Bach partitas.
Probably the complete recording by Christophe Rousset is the one to own, if you can have only one, at least judging by Rousset's other recordings. However, Angela Hewitt's Bach recordings, soon to be released as a complete set, mirabile dictu, are worth owning if you love clean yet warm performances of Bach. Her English Suites may not be the best in the set, but my ears thank me each time I play them.