CD1 starts with the Bach Adagio in G minor: A soulful movement that seems to want to last for eternity but inevitably reaches its conclusion and, with its last note, holds on… into the distance…..
Bach Siciliano from the G minor sonata: It has two principle vocal lines sometimes played together and other times interjecting one after the other.
Allemanda in B minor: Quite a long movement if you do all the repeats. Challenging chords interspersed with a driving dotted rhythm that give it a forward pulse
Allemands Double in B minor: this movement is the double of the previous movement which is to say, that you can overlay one with the other and they fit together exactly!
Sarabande in B minor: I love the Sarabandes. A very slow dance and very moving.
Grave in A minor: one of my favourites… actually… most of them are one of my favourites. I think what I like about this one is that the melodic line runs throughout with the occasion accompanying chord that should not disrupt the line.
Andante in A minor: I played this at my own wedding… don’t plan to do that again (not that I plan to get married again!). It is a lovely melody with fabulous harmonic accompaniment.
Allemanda in D minor: I think of this as being quite macho. I think I try to underplay the anger and instead try to make it sound forthright.
Sarabande in D minor: One of my favourites… and I mean it this time. Partly because I really like the way I play it.
Adagio in C major: The is incredibly difficult to play but, at its best, should sound like you are travelling among the galaxies
Largo in C major: This has a great accompaniment that pulses most of the way through the piece as the melodic line sings gracefully overhead. Rather tricky to get the articulation in both parts right!
Loure in E major: a movement of simplicity and contentment…
Menuet I and II in E major: This should bring a smile to the face… but a reserved one.