TUESDAY 11 JUNE - 8:00 PM
English Suite No 1 in A, BWV 806
English Suite No 2 in A minor, BWV 807
Suite in F minor, BWV 823
English Suite No 3 in G minor, BWV 808
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894
The first of two recitals (the second coming in October as part of the Autumn 2019 season) by Angela Hewitt, the outstanding Bach pianist of her
generation (The Sunday Times) surveying the composer’s complete English Suites.
Although it is not clear why they have come to be known as ‘English’, these earliest of Bach’s keyboard suites – firmly in the French style – show off the composer’s versatility, writing in the dance idioms of several countries. The incomplete Suite in F Minor, its courtly prelude and richly textured sarabande culminating in a short gigue, follows the English Suites, and the programme ends with the stormy, unpredictable Prelude and Fugue in A Minor.