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JS BACH Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major BWV1066 (c.1725)
JS BACH Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV1067 (C.1738-9)
JS BACH Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV1068 (1731)
JS BACH Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major BWV1069 (c.1725)

Bach's Orchestral Suites are a series of grand and graceful dances, paying homage to the French baroque style as championed by the ballet-obsessed King Louis XIV. Written during Bach’s years in Leipzig, where he had a wider range of instruments at his disposal than ever before, the Suites revel in new sonorous possibilities and employ varied combinations of wind, brass, stringed instruments and timpani.

“The news of the death of Christopher Hogwood comes just as the orchestra he founded, the Academy of Ancient Music, releases a fine new set of Bach’s Orchestral Suites with his successor, Richard Egarr, repeating the one-to-a-part approach he adopted for their Harmonia Mundi Brandenburg set. The sound is consequently less expansive than other recordings but the rewards are glorious, with Egarr at the harpsichord driving the delightfully clean and springy rhythms, every detail sharply defined, each separate timbre there for us to enjoy. This intimate chamber approach allows the trumpets in Suites Nos.3 and 4 to glow rather than blast, and the exceptional flute of Rachel Brown to shine in all its woody-toned charm in Suite No.2. Highly recommended.”

Egarr uses only one player per part, which provides great clarity and flexibility, and especially allows the trumpets to shine while keeping the sonic balance. He resists what he calls the mounting competition to play the suites faster and more metronomically, instead providing naturally brisk tempi that allow the players clear articulation and satisfying interchange. The dance rhythms are lively and beautifully sprung. Violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk makes the famous Air on a G String from Suite 3 gloriously intimate and moving. .It is marvellous to see this visionary band powering forward.”

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