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The Fifth Partita was “the worst Bach recording I’ve ever made. It was also the most pianistic. It was perhaps the one that the connoisseur of the piano would like best. It’s the one I like least because it’s least Bach, it’s least me vis-à-vis Bach in any case; it’s full of all sorts of dynamic hang-ups, it’s full of crescendi and diminuendi that have no part in the structure, in the skeleton of that music.” Serious or tongue-in-cheek, who can tell?

Bach: Partitas Nos. 5 & 6; Fugues in F-Sharp Minor and E Major

Released: 1957

    Disc 1

  1. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: I. Praeambulum
  2. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: II. Allemande
  3. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: III. Courante
  4. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: IV. Sarabande
  5. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: V. Tempo di Minuetto
  6. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: VI. Passepied
  7. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: VII. Gigue
  8. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 883
  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Fugue in E Major, BWV 878
  10. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: I. Toccata
  11. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: II. Allemande
  12. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: III. Courante
  13. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: IV. Air
  14. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: V. Sarabande
  15. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: VI. Tempo di Gavotta
  16. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: VII. Gigue