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J.S. Bach: The English Suites BWV 806-811

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J.S. Bach: The English Suites BWV 806-811
J.S. Bach: The English Suites BWV 806-811


Ketil Haugsand's recordings for Simax of music by, amongst others, of works by J. S. Bach and Forqueray have consolidated his position as one of the leading harpsichord players of recent years. On this 2CD set he performs Bach's 6 English Suites on a double manual instrument made by Martin Skowroneck in Bremen in 1985.

The English Suites, BWV 806-811, are a set of six suites written by Johann Sebastian Bach for harpsichord and generally thought to be the earliest of his 19 suites for keyboard, the others being the six French Suites, BWV 812-817, the 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830 and the Overture in the French style, BWV 831. Originally, their date of composition was thought to have been between 1718 and 1720, but more recent research suggests that the composition was likely earlier, around 1715, while the composer was living in Weimar. As introductory préludes, Bach incorporated a set of five concerto movements which he composed in the wake of his revelatory discovery in 1713 of the concertos of Vivaldi, Marcello and other Italian composers. To these he added a sequence of French dances, often combining elements of the two contrasting national styles within a single movement. Ketil Haugsand is a Norwegian harpsichordist and conductor. In 1975 he was awarded the Prix d'Excellence at the Amsterdam conservatory, where he studied under Gustav Leonhardt.

Personnel: Ketil Haugsand, harpsichord (Double Manual Harpsichord in German Style by Martin Skowroneck, Bremen, 1985)


  1. Name
  2. First Suite, A Major, BWV 806, Prèlude
  3. Allemande
  4. 1e Courante
  5. 2e Courante, avec deux doubles
  6. Sarabande
  7. Bourrée I & II
  8. Gigue
  9. Second Suite, A Minor, BWV 80705, Prèlude
  10. Allemande
  11. Courante
  12. Sarabande
  13. Bourrée I & II
  14. Gigue
  15. Third Suite, G Minor, BWV 808, Prèlude
  16. Allemande
  17. Courante
  18. Sarabande
  19. Gavotte I - Gavotte II, ou la Musette
  20. Gigue
  21. Fourth Suite, F Major, BWV 809, Prèlude - vitement
  22. Allemande
  23. Courante
  24. Sarabande
  25. Minuet I & II
  26. Gigue
  27. Fifth Suite, E Minor, BWV 810, Prèlude
  28. Allemande
  29. Courante
  30. Sarabande
  31. Passepied en Rondeau & Passepied II
  32. Gigue
  33. Sixth Suite, D Minor, BWV 811, Prèlude - vitement
  34. Allemande
  35. Courante
  36. Sarabande avec Double
  37. Gavotte I & II
  38. Gigue
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