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BACH and the French Clavecinists
Pieces in F from Pieces de Clavecin 1705
Pieces in D minor from Pieces de Clavecin 1669
J. S. BACH Suite in A minor with Prelude (English Suite no. 2)
Andrew Appel (harpsichord)
ASV Quicksilva CDQS 6247 (DDD) (63.43)

This is a very interesting disc but, perhaps, for the wrong reasons.

Its interest is in its historical music and some excellent playing from Andrew Appel which I thoroughly enjoyed. His playing of this music is exciting which, when you consider must of the music is sedate, is a seeming paradox. He has great energy and verve and avoids all the fussiness that one sadly associates with early music. I really do like his style and that is some accolade when I have to admit that this music is not that interesting.

Modem music is severely criticised for being too much the same. That can be said of early music although I have to say it is more rewarding to play that listen to. The music is all much of a muchness and the only piece in this collection of 23 pieces that stands out as really noteworthy is the second Bouree in the Bach.

This is music of a mannered culture. It lacks spontaneity and the composers are trammelled by fashion. Even if you have not heard these pieces before there is a real sense of deja vu.

Nonetheless, my sincere compliments to ASV and to a very fine harpsichordist but can we hear him in some more worthwhile and durable music.. ..please?

David Wright



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