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Bach: English Suites Bwv 806-811 / Andrew Rangell

Release Date: 01/03/2020
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30136
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:  Andrew Rangell Number of Discs: 2

Long recognized as among our most eloquent and insightful interpreters of the major keyboard works of Bach and Beethoven, pianist Andrew Rangell has drawn acclaim for a variety of recordings. This double album, newly documenting Mr. Rangellís exploration of Bachís keyboard music, can be added to a long list of distinctive performances.

R E V I E W:

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
Read more 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.

-- AllMusic Guide

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