Andrew Rangell

Bach: English Suites, BWV 806-811

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The iconoclastic pianist Andrew Rangell has recorded a good deal of Bach over the years, and his move to the piano-oriented Steinway & Sons label seems to have fired his imagination anew. The label supports him well here with engineering at the Shaolin Liu Performance Center in Massachusetts, capturing Rangell's all-important left-hand lines, detailed exploration of Bach's counterpoint, and hugely varied articulation. However, Rangell's style of Bach goes beyond all these factors, encompassing a deeply subjective approach to the material that has a greater variety of moods than one would think possible within the framework of the Baroque structure. It's not correct to say that he ignores the dance rhythms in the English Suites, for sometimes he observes them, but they are just one choice he makes among many different ones. In Bach, he might be called Glenn Gould without the humming, though his readings are even more varied than Gould's. Needless to say, those who think Bach's intentions are best revealed by straightforward playing on a harpsichord should steer clear, but most others are likely to find Rangell's work entirely absorbing.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
English Suite No. 1 in A major, BWV 806
1 02:22 Amazon
2 04:43 Amazon
3 01:35 Amazon
4 02:00 Amazon
5 02:11 Amazon
6 04:39 Amazon
7 01:56 Amazon
8 02:29 Amazon
9 02:46 Amazon
English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
10 04:48 Amazon
11 03:35 Amazon
12 01:49 Amazon
13 03:42 Amazon
14 02:18 Amazon
15 02:19 Amazon
16 03:25 Amazon
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808
17 03:15 Amazon
18 03:34 Amazon
19 02:26 Amazon
20 03:42 Amazon
21 01:39 Amazon
22 01:51 Amazon
23 02:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
English Suite No. 4 in F major, BWV 809
1 04:30 Amazon
2 03:12 Amazon
3 01:35 Amazon
4 03:10 Amazon
5 01:23 Amazon
6 02:20 Amazon
7 03:24 Amazon
English Suite No. 5 in E minor, BWV 810
8 04:52 Amazon
9 03:54 Amazon
10 02:10 Amazon
11 03:15 Amazon
12 01:13 Amazon
13 02:10 Amazon
14 03:05 Amazon
English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811
15 08:49 Amazon
16 04:19 Amazon
17 02:26 Amazon
18 05:47 Amazon
19 02:06 Amazon
20 02:45 Amazon
21 02:26 Amazon
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