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Bach - English suite No. 5 in E minor - End (Passepied and Gigue)

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  1. Francois de Larrard

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    Dear All,
    This is the end of the suite I started to record some months ago. I like especially the Passepied, not a common form within Bach's production, with a nice inner major section contrasting with the main part. Thanks for listening and commenting !
     

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    Hello François,
    this is a very beutiful and pure performance of these pièces. I really enjoyed listening to them (while not especially into Bach's music, usually ...)!
    Best, Bertrand
     
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    I really liked both of these. The Passepied is really lovely and you beautifully bring out the dance-like qualities with superb phrasing. And the polyphony in the Gigue is very clearly brought out, not an easy thing in that piece while keeping pace. First I thought you could use more dynamics in the A section, but then I understand you save the drama for the B section - very effective!
     
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    Dear Bertrand, Dear Joachim,
    Many thanks for your kind compliments. I always fail to reach a zero-defect recording for any composer, but some are more forgiving than others. Bach is terrible in this matter, since there are few indications (only the notes, actually), but they are all equally and utmostly necessary. But maybe my enthusiasm may help the listener to skip these otherwise iritating flaws... With such two qualified auditors, I feel then allowed to upload these pieces (a task I am supposed to be able to perform).
    My internet connection is currently very bad, but I will manage to make some administrator work when I am back home in early september, including for your mavellous pieces, Bertrand.
    All the best,
     
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    Hello Francois,

    A very good & interesting performance. This is a difficult piece of music to play, but your interpretation captures the very style of this music; its articulated, often a non legato playing gives the music clarity and continuity at the same time. I also liked the fact that you didn't go after more artificial effects like excessive pedalling or exaggerated dynamic ranges.

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    Thank you Vladimir ! Hence the freedom margin is quite small in Bach, between mechanical non-expressive playing and too expressionist romantic one. I try to stay in-between...
     

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