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Bach, J.S.: French Suites, BWV 812–817 [2-album set]
Alessandro Simonetto, Harpsichord

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Johann Sebastian Bach's French Suites, BWV 812-817, are a collection of keyboard suites that exemplify the Baroque dance suite tradition. Comprising six suites, each with its distinctive character, the French Suites showcase Bach's ingenious combination of intricate counterpoint, expressive melodic lines, and lively dance rhythms.
The suites typically include an allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue, with additional dance movements like bourrees, minuets, and gavottes. Each suite is a testament to Bach's ability to balance formality with emotional expression, creating works that are both intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant.
Bach's French Suites, while adhering to the established dance suite structure, exhibit his inventive harmonic language, contrapuntal mastery, and profound understanding of keyboard idioms. The suites are filled with moments of beauty, drama, and joy, making them a significant contribution to the solo keyboard repertoire of the Baroque era.
In the context of the French Suites, Alessandro Simonetto's harpsichord performance brings a contemporary interpretation to these Baroque masterpieces. His approach is characterized by a nuanced sensitivity, infusing Bach's compositions with a romantic and expressive quality that goes beyond the traditionally perceived Baroque rigidity. The incorporation of short improvisations and rhythmic nuances adds a layer of spontaneity and personal interpretation, creating a performance that resonates with both historical authenticity and modern sensibilities.
Simonetto's attention to detail, including variations reported by Bach in multiple editions, reflects a commitment to historical accuracy and a deep understanding of the composer's evolving artistic vision. His innovative and incisive playing style highlights the rhythmic vitality inherent in Bach's dance movements, bringing out the emotional depth within these structured forms.
In summary, Bach's French Suites are a testament to the composer's unparalleled craftsmanship, and Alessandro Simonetto's harpsichord performance breathes new life into these timeless works. His interpretative choices, blending historical authenticity with contemporary expression, create a captivating experience that allows listeners to appreciate the enduring beauty and complexity of Bach's musical genius.

French Suites, BWV 812–817 [2-album set]
Alessandro Simonetto, Harpsichord

Prod. No.: 383 / 2023
Cat. No: OC23070B
UPC: 685071526866
No. Album(s): 2

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2023

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
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Artwork: OnClassical

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Instrument(s) used: W. Horn harpsichord after J. Ruckers (Antwerp 1638)

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