HTGCD292/93 – 5060332661350
Eminent French harpsichordist, Huguette Dreyfus, made a set of recordings of Bach’s Keyboard Partitas for the Denon label in the early 1980s – they were instantly cited as amongst the best interpretations on harpsichord but have remained unavailable for well over twenty years. It is astonishing that more of her recordings are not currently in the catalogue considering the profound influence she has had on future generations of harpsichordists and the contribution she has made to a better understanding of the music written for her instrument.
Typical of Denon, the sound recordings presented here are of demonstration quality.
The performances appear on the Heritage label, courtesy of SLG, as a 2 CD set in slim-line packaging.
– Dominy Clements, Music Web International, October 2015
‘This is an enormously enjoyable and thought provoking release.’
– Stuart Sillitoe, MusicWeb International, September 2015
‘These are excellent interpretations — amongst the finest I have heard on any instrument.’
– James Jolly, Gramophone Awards Issue, September 2015
‘As model performances of this astonishingly varied set of keyboard pieces, this recording takes some beating.’
– Brian Clark, Early Music Review, August 2015
‘Dreyfus’s fine technique and natural musicianship make me favourably inclined towards her set… Dreyfus, undoubtedly the best served by recorded sound, provides warm but definitely ‘no-nonsense’ readings with plenty of musical insight… my own preference lies with the ingenuous playing of Huguette Dreyfus.’
– Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone, July 2015
CD 1 65’
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
CD 2 78’
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830