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Angela Hewitt — Bach Odyssey IX: English Suites Nos 1-3, at 92Y
Tuesday May 14, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$55.00
“The paramount quality of Angela Hewitt’s piano playing is the joy it communicates.” — The Daily Telegraph
“For those willing to imagine what Bach might have done had a concert grand been available to him, (Hewitt’s) brilliantly executed cadenzas and abundant and fleet florid passage work were breathtaking.” — Musical America
The Odyssey continues, with “the outstanding Bach pianist of her generation” (The Sunday Times, London) bringing her brilliant, exuberant artistry to Year 3 of her four-year journey.
For her final concert of the season, Angela Hewitt presents the first three of Bach’s English Suites. Though 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 program ends with the stormy, unpredictable Prelude and Fugue in A Minor.
Bach English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806
Bach English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807
Bach Suite in F Minor, BWV 823
Bach English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
Bach Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 894