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Discussion: Bach: English Suites - Angela Hewitt

Posts: 5

Post by zeus October 5, 2003 (1 of 5)
To be released November 3, according to one online retailer. I have pretty well all of Angela Hewitt's Bach recordings (on Hyperion) and play them lots. I'm really looking forward to this!

Post by nucaleena October 6, 2003 (2 of 5)
zeus said:

To be released November 3, according to one online retailer. I have pretty well all of Angela Hewitt's Bach recordings (on Hyperion) and play them lots. I'm really looking forward to this!

Murray Perahia's English Suites were terrific but i'd love to hear Hewitt, not only for her fine playing but because her last album for Hyperion (bach transcriptions) had the best piano sound I've EVER heard in my life (though Gavrilov's French suites - a DG "4D" recording came pretty damn close) so this SACD should be astounding. Can't wait. Roll on November.

Post by azure October 9, 2003 (3 of 5)
I have a 1986 deutsche Grammphone CD of Angela Hewitt - a fine performance and recording. She actually won the Glenn Gould's 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, on the DG disc Angela only performed No 6 of the English Suite.
If the performance is any thing like the DG recording it should be a great album.
Although I do not know much about the hyperion label
It would be interesting if [I doubt strongly] Universal re-release the 1986 album

Post by nucaleena October 10, 2003 (4 of 5)
azure said:

I have a 1986 deutsche Grammphone CD of Angela Hewitt - a fine performance and recording. She actually won the Glenn Gould's 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, on the DG disc Angela only performed No 6 of the English Suite.
If the performance is any thing like the DG recording it should be a great album.
Although I do not know much about the hyperion label
It would be interesting if [I doubt strongly] Universal re-release the 1986 album

dear azure, the forthcoming SACD set which zeus (stephen) posted a notice of is of angela's complete (6) English Suites. Like you, i have that '86 disc, and, if anything, she has got better and better. The critics have rightly raved about Perahia's recent Goldberg Vtns but AH's is at least as fine. The great thing about her contract with Hyperion, a specialist english classical label is that they are noted for exemplary sound and their Hewitt recordings superb examples of the art of piano recording, - try the transcription of the Chaconne on her last disc and you'll hear the best piano sound you'll have ever heard on a redbook cd. Given the dreadful standard of DGG's remastered CDs, there'd be no gain in them re-releasing that '86 recording, but there's no need for it given Hyperion's great recordings of her. If you want an idea of just how good their SACDs are at capturing piano sound, try their Florestan Trio release of Faure/Ravel/Debussy.

Post by Beagle May 18, 2005 (5 of 5)
nucaleena said:

the dreadful standard of DGG's remastered CDs

RE DG
Oh? Thanks for the warning. Can you be specific?

RE hyperion
My sympathy to those who haven't encountered hyperion before; its a trusted mainstay with me, RBCD or SACD, e.g. The Noble Bass Viol/Parley of Instruments.

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