Bach – Partitas, BWV 825-870

Richard Egarr

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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

Tracklist

1.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - I. Praeludium
02:02
2.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - II. Allemande
04:28
3.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - III. Corrente
03:01
4.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - IV. Sarabande
04:43
5.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - V. Menuets I & II
03:15
6.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 - VI. Gigue
02:37
7.
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - I. Sinfonia
04:48
8.
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - II. Allemande
04:33
9.
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - III. Courante
02:11
10.
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - IV. Sarabande
03:08
11.
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - V. Rondeaux
01:49
12.
Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 - VI. Capriccio
04:17
13.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - I. Ouverture
05:53
14.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - II. Allemande
11:20
15.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - III. Courante
03:38
16.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - IV. Aria
02:18
17.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - V. Sarabande
05:40
18.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - VI. Menuet
01:31
19.
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - VII. Gigue
04:16
20.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - I. Fantasia
02:35
21.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - II. Allemande
03:21
22.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - III. Corrente
03:15
23.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - IV. Sarabande
03:27
24.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - V. Burlesca
02:17
25.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - VI. Scherzo
01:24
26.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - VII. Gigue
04:14
27.
Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827 - VIII. Gigue (alternative version)
04:17
28.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - I. Praeambulum
02:44
29.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - II. Allemande
04:47
30.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - III. Corrente
02:13
31.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - IV. Sarabande
04:07
32.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - V. Tempo di Minuetta
02:16
33.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - VI. Passepied
01:47
34.
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - VII. Gigue
04:48
35.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - I. Toccata
06:39
36.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - II. Allemande
04:00
37.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - III. Corrente
04:55
38.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - IV. Air
01:40
39.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - V. Sarabande
06:04
40.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - VI. Tempo di Gavotta
02:08
41.
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - VII. Gigue
06:10

Total time: 02:34:36

Additional information

Label

SKU

HMM759394DI

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Composers

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Digital Converters

Meitner

Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Brad Michel

Original Recording Format

Producer

Robina G. Young

Recording Engineer

Brad Michel

Recording location

Doopgezinde Church, Haarlem, Holland

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date March 3, 2017

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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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