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Murray Perahia - Bach: French Suites / Financial Times review

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A handsome two-disc set of Bach's French Suites is a fine way for Murray Perahia to inaugurate his new recording contract with DG. He says it took him a long time to find his own way of playing Bach on the piano, but all except diehard loyalists to the period sound of the harpsichord will find his Bach wholly natural. These French Suites exhibit all the buoyancy and spirituality that are his hallmarks. For a sample, try the Fifth Suite, best known of the six. In Perahia's hands every note of the music sings and its siren beauty is surely impossible to resist.

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