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French Suites BWV 812-817
Played by Bradley Brookshire

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J.S. Bach: The French Suites

French Suites BWV 812-817 [11:07, 9:32, 11:22, 12:15, 15:25, 12:22]

Bradley Brookshire (Harpsichord)

Purchase Records

Jan 2001

CD / TT: 72:03

Recorded at Recital Hall, Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Purchase, NY, USA.
Review: French Suites by Brookshire on hspi
Buy this album at: Amazon.com

Harpsichord Used on French Suites Recording

Bradley Brookshire wrote (April 21, 2003):
The harpsichord used was built by Philip Tyre in 1991. It is based on the 1738 Christian Vater single in the Nuremberg collection. Because Philip had already retired (and possibly died?) by the time the CD was released, it seemed a moot point to promote his career. And I didn't want to encourage all those endless discussions about instrument technology that more or less have replaced meaningful artistic discussion among HIPers.

Although not a perfect instrument, it is one of the best harpsichords I have ever played. A Mr. Burr once approached me once at a concert of mine and asked me when I was going to move over to a "real" instrument (presumably his!). But I have seldom played a better one than this Tyre instrument. And, when I have, it was almost always in a museum.

Jim Morrison wrote (April 22, 2003):
[To Bradley Brookshire] Hey, Bradley, thanks for the answer and for the reasoning behind leaving the designation out of the liner notes. You were taking a stand and I missed it! ;-)

What this instrument is has been lightly bugging me for some time. I knew it sounded like a German instrument, but unlike any German I'd ever heard, and in truth, I've never heard, as far as I can recall, a Vater or Vater inspired harpsichord. As you say, the performance is the thing to focus on and don't worry about me leading down a tortuous discussion in the choice of instrument. It's just one of those things I'm a bit curious about when
listening to a performance.

 

Brookshire's French Suites reviewed in ARG

Bradley Lehman wrote (September 3, 2003):
Bradley Brookshire's recording of Bach's French Suites has scored a rave review by Rob Haskins in the Sept-Oct 2003 issue of American Record Guide.

Some glowing phrases from it: "utterly convincing," "sounds like heaven," "playful," "refreshing," "a novel and compelling expressivity." And the concluding sentence: "By far, Brookshire's release of the French Suites is
the best on the market I've heard--ever."

Many other reviews of it (including one by me) are at the Amazon page about it: Amazon.com

 

No Subject

Donald Satz wrote (September 20, 2003):
Gene Hanson wrote:
< Speaking of Rogg, I noticed in Barnes & Noble that he has recorded the Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, on a separate disk.
Couldn't find Rosen's Aof F or Bradley Brookshire's French Suites, so I bought Anthony Newman's performance of the Brandenburgs, a 2 CD set which includes Duke Johann Ernst's Concerto in G Major arranged for violin and harpsichord, performed by Bradley and Newman, which I look forward to listening to in a few minutes. >

I saw an ad for Brookshire's French Suites in a Fanfare magazine many months ago, but I've never seen the set itself anywhere. The marketing appears to be slight.

 

Bradley Brookshire

John Pike wrote (October 21, 2003):
On Brad's recommendation, I decided to get a copy of Bradley Brookshire's recording of the French Suites yesterday. I could not get it anywhere in the UK but found it on Amazon in the US. I then had to decide whether it was worth the hefty postage to order it. Judging by the reviews of most other people who have bought it (including Brad) and the New York Times, it certainly is. So why had I never heard of him before joining this list and why can't I get it in the UK? Why is his discography not larger and why not with a top international label? The reviews are almost universally outstanding.

 

French Suites BWV 812-817: Details
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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
FS - P. Anderszeweski | FS - B. Brookshire | FS - D. Cates [Satz] | FS - D. Cates [Schwartz] | FS - T. Dart | FS - A. Klein | FS - J. Payne | FS - B. Rannou [McElhearn] | FS - B. Rannou [Satz] | Rübsam - Part 1 | FS - M. Suzuki
Discussions:
General - Part 1 | FS - B. Brookshire | FS - D. Cates | FS - G. Gould | FS - B. Rannou

Bradley Brookshire: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works
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