Bach: French Suites (classical music album) - Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (classicalarchives. David Cates Harpsichord. CDs: 2 Tracks: 44 Length: 1:30:53. Music and Arts Programs of America Rel. 1 Apr 2011 Recorded 2001.
A New Recording of the French Suites. Juozas Rimas wrote (January 15, 2004): Donald Satz wrote: < Just wanted to let everyone know of a new set of the French Suites on Music & Arts performed by David Cates on harpsichord. Some of you might remember Cates from his recordings on the Wildboar label, and he is an outstanding Bach performing artist. His French Suites has two features that are quite distinctive. Cates selects the four other preludes from among the Bach corpus. David Glenn Lebut Jr. wrote (January 16, 2004): Does he perform the older and the standard or just the standard versions of the Suites? Donald Satz wrote (January 16, 2004): I don't know what you mean by standard or older - could you clarify?
The suites were later given the name 'French' (first recorded usage by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg in 1762) as a means of contrast with the English Suites (whose title is likewise a later appellation). The name was popularised by Bach's biographer Johann Nikolaus Forkel, who wrote in his 1802 biography of Bach, "One usually calls them French Suites because they are written in the French manner. This claim, however, is inaccurate: like Bach's other suites, they follow a largely Italian convention.
The French Suites, BWV 812–817, are six suites which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote for the clavier (harpsichord or clavichord) between the years of 1722 and 1725. Although Suites 1 to 4 are typically dated to 1722, it is possible that the first was written somewhat earlier. The suites were later given the name 'French' (first recorded usage by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg in 1762). Likewise, the English Suites received a later appellation.
S. Bach: The French Suites - Suite No. 5 in G-major BWV 816: Bourrée, Suite No. 6 in E-major BWV 817: Allemande, Suite No. 4 in E flat-major BWV 815: Gavotte and 82 more tracks from this album here for free. More albums by this artist. Suite No. 5 in G-major BWV 816: Bourrée. 6 in E-major BWV 817: Allemande.
David Cates (harpsichord). Bach, J S: French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV813. David Cates (harpsichord). Excerpt, Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. 1:59.
French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: I. Allemande. By Johann Sebastian Bach. 6. French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: II. Courante. 7. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: III. Sarabande. 8. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: IV. Menuet I & II.
That may be why this recording of Bach's French Suites is longer than most: Moroney includes every note including all the repeats and even the recently-discovered second Gavotte from Suite Number 4. As this 1990 Virgin Classics recording is exemplary in its clarity, the whole makes for some edifying and even exciting listening for those who love Bach in period performance. The choice of a copy of the famous Ruckers/Taskin harpsichord of 1780 by John Phillips does yield a beautiful tone throughout, yet this harpsichord is of strictly French provenience and would, in my opinion, be more suited to Rameau than Bach, whose "French Suites" would most likely have been played by the composer himself on a German or Saxon instrument which would. have sounded robuster and somewhat less elegant.
CreditsDavid Cates - Harpsichord, Liner Notes, Primary Artist
Owen Daly - Harpsichord Technician, Harpsichord Tuner
Wuin Hopkins - Graphic Design, Layout Design
Peter Nothnagle - Editing, Engineer, Mastering, Session Producer
Joseph Spencer - Executive Producer, Harpsichord Technician, Harpsichord Tuner
Track List - Disc 1
|1||Prelude for keyboard in B minor (by Wilhelm Hieronymous Pachelbel, not JSB), BWV 923 (BC L131)||David Cates||3:17|
|French Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21)|
|6||Menuets 1 & 2||David Cates||2:27|
|French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23)|
|16||Prelude for lute in C minor, BWV 999 (BC L171)||David Cates||1:56|
|French Suite, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 (BC L20)|
|21||Menuets 1 & 2||David Cates||2:22|
Track List - Disc 2
|French Suite, for keyboard No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 (BC L22)|
|French Suite, for keyboard No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812 (BC L19)|
|13||Menuetts 1 & 2||David Cates||2:18|
|French Suite, for keyboard No. 6 in E major, BWV 817 (BC L24)|
|20||Menuet Polonais - Petit Menuet||David Cates||2:43|