English Suite Archive

Nelson Freire in BACH = Partita No. 4; Toccata; English Suite No. 3; Con. in d minor; Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; Prelude; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Choral Preludes – Decca

Nelson Freire in BACH = Partita No. 4; Toccata; English Suite No. 3; Con. in d minor; Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; Prelude; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Choral Preludes – Decca

Nelson Freire brings his own concept to Bach; his playing exhibits flair and intelligent bravura in all parts. Nelson Freire in BACH =  Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828; Toccata in c minor, BWV 911; English Suite No. 3 in g minor, BWV 808; Concerto in d minor after Marcello – Adagio; Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor, BWV 903; Ich ruf zu dir, Jesu Christ, BWV 639; Komm, Gott Schoepfer, helliger Geist, BWV 667; Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659; Prelude in b minor, BWV 535 (arr. Siloti); Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Hess) – Nelson Freire, piano – Decca 478 8449, 81:44 (3/4/16) [Distr. by Universal] ****:  Recorded in Harburg 17-21 August 2015, this all-Bach recital from Brazilian virtuoso Nelson Freire (b. 1944) certainly presents him as a crystalline executant of the Bach style, often achieving superbly fluent motion in the individual movements of suites and the fugue from the BWV 903.   I can imagine that detractors will pounce upon Freire as too much a Romantic acolyte of the Bach his mentor Guiomar Novaes embodied. But for those who admire the innate grace and ennobled tone of Freire’s renditions, pieces like the […]