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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2019

Very gladly recommended. This is the Bach Suite connection you might crave. If you do, here it is in a fine performance at a good price! Bravo! The reordering for old-salt listeners freshens things considerably too. Either way this is a genuine pleasure and an adventure for anyone who is ready and willing. © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2019

The Brazilian-born pianist, Sonia Rubinsky, has bought together nineteen dances from Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suites and Partitas to shape this new work. With an Ouverture to begin, it contains Allemandes, Courents, Sarabandes, Gavottes, Menuets and Gigues, all short in duration apart from the substantial Allemande from the Fourth Partita. Of course in the early eighteenth century dances were stately and taken at a slow tempo, so Rubinsky has included very differing material to maintain our interest, to which Bach added considerable decoration to the basic pulse. Rubinsky explains that while she gives the music a more updated sound by using a modern grand piano, she has worked extensively with the distinguished harpsichordist, Nicolau de Figueiredo, in preparing the recording, and it has resulted in an informed period approach. Nimble figures keep the mercurial passages both rhythmically tight and crisp, and she shapes each dance with affection, keeping two bouncy Gigues and a final Capriccio to bring a mood of exhilaration to the close of the work. Recorded in 2016 and 18, the acoustic is relatively dry and in keeping with mood of the music. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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