Bach, J S: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817
Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Released in celebration of the great Russian pianist’s 80th birthday (06 July) this set of the French Suites continues Ashkenazy’s extraordinary journey through the major keyboard works of JS Bach.
A legendary artist for more than half a century with over 8.5 million units sold worldwide on CD.
Bach’s six French Suites complete on a single CD; the latest in Ashkenazy’s ongoing and critically acclaimed series of Bach recordings.
The release comes together with the Complete Concerto Recordings, also released on 30 June. 46 CDs in original jackets – every concerto recording ever made for Decca with Ashkenazy as pianist.
The Guardian wrote of his set of the 48: “merits a place alongside the finest versions of this much-recorded cycle, those by interpreters such as Edwin Fischer, Sviatoslav Richter and Glenn Gould”
“Ashkenazy’s approach is closest to that of Edwin Fischer in his directness, articulation and absolute trust in the music’s own poetic strengths” The Guardian
Here is Mr. Ashkenazi in the French suite number 1 by Bach: