J. S. Bach: Six Partitas BWV 825–30

Huguette Dreyfus harpsichord
141:01 (2 CDs)
Heritage HTGCD 292/3 ©1983

This is a re-release of a fine recording from the early 80s, when Dreyfus was already in her mid 50s. According to the first portion of the booklet notes (only in English), she spent a month in Japan, giving concerts and lessons and visiting Japanese temples. There is not the slightest hint of such a busy schedule taking its toll on her playing, which is serenely poised, not a note out of place, not a phrase left unturned to his elegant best. If the harpsichord perhaps sounds a little “two dimensional”, that is more to do perhaps with the recording aesthetics of the day and the limited availability of instruments with greater timbral possibilities. As model performances of this astonishingly varied set of keyboard pieces, this recording takes some beating.

Brian Clark