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Murray Perahia - Bach 'French Suites' makes WCRB: CD of the Week... of the Year!

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Each week, we highlight a new release from the classical world - see which albums from 2016 each member of the WCRB: Boston team loved the most! Brian McCreath: Murray Perahia: Bach: The French Suites.

Excellent recordings of Bach's keyboard works are not hard to come by. Some feature harpsichordists who draw unexpectedly stunning colors from ancient instruments, like Mahan Esfahani and Andreas Staier. And on modern instruments, pianists like Igor Levit, Jeremy Denk, and Alexandre Tharaud have all brought highly individual and rewarding interpretations to Bach's music. But when Murray Perahia released his new recording of the French Suites, I was reminded of why he remains an artist I want to hear again and again, especially when it comes to Bach. His exquisite combination of flawless technique and elegance of phrasing feels at once highly personal and unaffected in forming a direct connection to the soul of the music.