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J.S. Bach: Six Partitas for Harpsichord Clavier Übung 1, BWV 825-830

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J.S. Bach: Six Partitas for Harpsichord Clavier Übung 1, BWV 825-830
J.S. Bach: Six Partitas for Harpsichord Clavier Übung 1, BWV 825-830


Irish keyboard player Malcolm Proud, one of the world's leading performers of the hapsichord, presents a recording of one of J. S. Bach's major works, the Six Partitas BWV 825-830 - full of passion and poetry but also fantastically virtuosic. Although modestly titled Clavier Übung (Keyboard Practice), the six Partitas, consisting of Preludes, Allemandes, Courantes, Sarabandes, Gigues, Menuets, and other galanteries offered by their composer "to music lovers as refreshment of their spirits", are works of astonishing richness and complexity.

The cycle, which in 1731 was the first group of works to be published by Bach himself, represents a unique stylistic synthesis of the suite form with a particular emphasis on most varied and imaginative opening movements. In his 1802 biography of Bach, Nikolaus Forkel famously wrote that "such splendid compositions for the clavier had not been seen or heard brilliant, harmonious, expressive and constantly novel are they."

Born in Dublin, Malcolm Proud studied with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam and won first prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982. Since then, he has established an international career as an organist and harpsichordist, performing with such groups as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music, and touring throughout Europe, North America and Japan. He is a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and a founder member of Camerata Kilkenny.

Malcolm Proud's other Bach discs include four more on Maya Recordings: a selection of pieces from Clavierübung III played on the organ, the Goldberg Variations performed on the harpsichord, the six Sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Maya Homburger and The Musical Offering with Camerata Kilkenny. He has also recorded for EMI, Virgin, Deutsche Grammophon, CRD, RCA and Hyperion amongst other labels.

Personnel: Malcolm Proud (harpsichord)


  1. Name
  2. Partita No. 1 in B flat Major, BWV 825, Praeludium
  3. Allemande
  4. Corrente
  5. Sarabande
  6. Menuet I & II
  7. Giga
  8. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826, Sinfonia
  9. Allemande
  10. Courante
  11. Sarabande
  12. Rondeaux
  13. Capriccio
  14. Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828, Ouverture
  15. Allemande
  16. Courante
  17. Sarabande
  18. Aria
  19. Menuet
  20. Gigue
  21. Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827, Fantasia
  22. Allemande
  23. Corrente
  24. Sarabande
  25. Burlesca
  26. Scherzo
  27. Gigue
  28. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829, Praeambulum
  29. Allemande
  30. Corrente
  31. Sarabande
  32. Tempo di Minuetta
  33. Passepied
  34. Gigue
  35. Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830, Toccata
  36. Allemanda
  37. Corrente
  38. Sarabande
  39. Air
  40. Tempo di Gavotta
  41. Gigue
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