J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

French Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christopher Hogwood
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works: Suite in E flat major, BWV819
Allemande, BWV819a
Suite in A minor, BWV818
French Suite no. 1 in D minor, BWV812
French Suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV813
French Suite no. 3 in B minor, BWV814
French Suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV815
French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816
French Suite no. 6 in E major, BWV817
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:L'oiseau-Lyre
Catalog Number:411 811-2
Year Released/Recorded:1984
Total Playing Time:67:24, 66:52
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Comments:A splendid and historically well-informed rendition of the French Suites. As an added "bonus," Hogwood includes two other works (BWV 818a and 819, with an alternative allemande [BWV 819a] to the latter) that seem to have not quite made it into the final grouping of these six suites. The 2 disk set includes Hogwood's own fascinating notes on variations in the manuscript sources (including a second minuet in Suite 2 missing from other editions), tuning, and Bach's notation.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
Date First Submitted:02/28/1997