Bach - Partitas, BWV 825-870 (2017)

Bach

Richard Egarr

At the time of my writing these notes, there lives in England an extraordinary 37-year-old ‘Savant’ who can make huge, complex calculations in his head, recite ‘pi’ to over 21,000 decimal points, and master languages unknown to him (such as Icelandic) in one week. These abilities manifested themselves after a head trauma in his young years. Unusually he displays none of the social difficulties in communication which other more autistic Savants often have. Such extraordinary people maybe give us a glimpse of the true potential of the human brain, that most complex and mysterious organ. I am convinced that Bach’s abilities with music, the manipulation of sound in time and space, were on this superhuman level. Commentators at the time attest to his ability to assess immediately the full potential and possibilities of any given fugue subject. Another frequently mentioned skill was an ability to infuse his music with numerical and mathematical material. These notes will take a look at Bach’s first major publication, his ‘Opus 1’, the six wonderful Partitas, and try to understand and suggest his message to us. The music must be familiar to any serious keyboard player or music lover, so I will restrict myself to a personal reaction to this music. Thereafter I will try to ‘decode’ the bigger and deeper message that lurks beneath these fantastic notes.

Richard Egarr

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Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr has worked with all types of keyboards: he has performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ intabulations, to Dussek, Schumann and Chopin on early pianos, to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is director of the Academy of the Begijnhof, Amsterdam, and is in great demand both as soloist and as accompanist for many of today’s finest artists. His collaboration with long-time duo partner Andrew Manze has been setting new performance standards since 1984.

As a conductor, Egarr has presented a wide range of repertoire – from Baroque opera and oratorio, to works by twentieth-century composers such as John Tavener and orchestral transcriptions by Stokowski. Recently named Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, he appears regularly with this and other ensembles: the Orchestra of the Age of En-lightenment, the Orchestra of the Paris Conservatory, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Richard Egarr now records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa and has made five recordings of music by

J.S. Bach: the Harpsichord Concertos with Andrew Manze and the Academy of Ancient Music; the Gamba Sonatas with Jaap ter Linden; the Violin Sonatas with Manze and ter Linden; a critically acclaimed recital, “Per cembalo solo...” (Gramophone Editor’s Choice); and the Goldberg Variations, hailed as “a spectacular disc” by the London Times. His most recent solo recording is devoted to Mozart Fantasias and Rondos, performed on an 1805 fortepiano. Egarr’s recordings with Andrew Manze also include the violin sonatas of J.F. Rebel, Pandolfi (Gramophone Award, 2000), Handel (Billboard ® Top Classical Album), Corelli (Gramophone Recording of the Month; the Prix Caecilia, 2003), Biber’s Rosary Sonatas (Edison Award, 2005), and Mozart’s Violin Sonatas, dubbed “the most stimulating

and satisfying Mozart recording of the year” (Chicago Tribune).

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Bach - Partitas, BWV 825-870 (2017)

Bach

Richard Egarr

    Financial Times

"Adding only a modest amount of ornamentation, Egarr invests the vitality of the dance with a deal of grandeur and color. Others have approached the six Partitas with a more analytical grip on clarity and rhythm, but Egarr’s richly imagined performances bring their own rewards."

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Bach - Partitas, BWV 825-870 (2017)

Bach

Richard Egarr

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Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - I. Praeludium
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Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - II. Allemande
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Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - III. Corrente
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Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - IV. Sarabande
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Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - V. Menuets I & II
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Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - VI. Gigue
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Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - I. Sinfonia
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Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - II. Allemande
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Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - III. Courante
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Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - IV. Sarabande
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Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - V. Rondeaux
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Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - VI. Capriccio
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - I. Ouverture
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - II. Allemande
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - III. Courante
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - IV. Aria
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - V. Sarabande
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - VI. Menuet
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Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - VII. Gigue
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - I. Fantasia
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - II. Allemande
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - III. Corrente
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - IV. Sarabande
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - V. Burlesca
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - VI. Scherzo
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - VII. Gigue
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Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - VIII. Gigue (alternative version)
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - I. Praeambulum
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - II. Allemande
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - III. Corrente
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - IV. Sarabande
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - V. Tempo di Minuetta
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - VI. Passepied
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Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - VII. Gigue
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I. Toccata
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - II. Allemande
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - III. Corrente
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - IV. Air
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - V. Sarabande
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - VI. Tempo di Gavotta
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Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - VII. Gigue
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