Editors’ Notes Harpsichordist Egarr investigates the elegant stylized dances of Bach. Questions of performance practice haunt musicians looking to take up the timeless keyboard works of J.S. Bach. Though written for the harpsichord, the six French Suites are usually performed on the piano; however, in a provocative and refreshing decision, Egarr takes up these dance suites on the former. The Gigue of the fifth suite, a lively dance movement, rings with the richness of the German composer’s mind-blowing counterpoint, and the Sarabande of the fourth suite is steeped in the elegance of the 18th-century triple-meter dance, its contemplative tempo and alluring melody providing the perfect balance for harpsichord performance.

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French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812
French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: I. Allemande
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French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: II. Courante
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French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: III. Sarabande
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French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: IV. Menuet I & II
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French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: V. Gigue
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813
French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: I. Allemande
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: II. Courante
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: III. Sarabande
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: IV. Air
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: V. Menuet I
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: VI. Gigue
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French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814
French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: I. Allemande
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French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: II. Courante
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French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: III. Sarabande
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French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: IV. Menuet I & II (Trio)
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French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: V. Angloise (Gavotte)
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French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814: VI. Gigue
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815
French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: I. Allemande
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: II. Courante
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: III. Sarabande
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: IV. Gavotte
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: V. Air
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: VI. Menuet
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French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: VII. Gigue
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: I. Allemande
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: II. Courante
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: III. Sarabande
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: V. Bourrée
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: VI. Loure
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French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: VII. Gigue
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: I. Allemande
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: II. Courante
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: III. Sarabande
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: IV. Gavotte
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: V. Polonaise
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: VI. Menuet
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: VII. Bourrée
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French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: VIII. Gigue
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813
French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: V. Menuet II
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813/II: II. Courante (after the autograph, Klavierbüchlein 1722)
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813/II: II. Courante (after the copy by H. N. Gerber)
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French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813/II: II. Courante (after the copy by Anna Magdalena Bach, Klavierbüchlein 1725)
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