András Schiff plays Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G major

Part 1: Allemande | Part 2: Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte, Bourrée I, Bourrée II, Gigue

Thanks to leadingtone for bringing this to my attention: he blogged the Gigue, which alone is a short masterpiece. Please give that a listen if you don’t have much time.

It goes without saying these recordings have been badly neglected: only a hundred visits to each part? The playing is bright and clear, but I’ll confess it is hard to remember the melodies involved after a first listen. These pieces have a complexity which requires virtuosity not unlike Schiff’s but may be masked by the sweet elegance of the tunes. I certainly don’t feel drowned in waves of melancholy listening to this, but I also don’t feel like I have to listen critically.

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