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Thoughts on the English Suites


Charles T. Downey, Bach’s ‘English Suites’ tackled at Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art
Washington Post, March 4, 2014

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Bach, English Suites (inter alia), C. Rousset
(Ambroisie, box set, 2010)
Bach’s “English Suites” are among his most diverting music for the keyboard, where a delight in patterns and brilliant finger-work crowds out a severe contrapuntal approach. Bach’s encyclopedic tendencies meant that he had a plan when he grouped works into a set like this, so one gets more out of a complete performance than hearing these pieces singly. So the complete performance offered on Sunday afternoon and evening, in numerical order and split between a harpsichordist at the Phillips Collection and a pianist at the National Gallery of Art, was most welcome. [Continue reading]
Bach, English Suites
Anthony Newman, harpsichord
Phillips Collection
Peter Vinograde, piano
National Gallery of Art

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