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Blandine Rannou’s recordings of J.S. Bach’s French Suites, English Suites and Toccatas, all of which met with unanimous critical acclaim when first released, are brought together here for the first time in a budget-price set.
The French Suites – Diapason d’or (Diapason) “Choc” (Le Monde de la Musique), Recommended (Classica), ffff (Télérama)
“After clearly giving this work much thought, Blandine Rannou lets her heart express itself through her melodious playing. The result is superb, amazingly mature, setting this new version among the finest to have been recorded.”
Renaud Machart – Le Monde – 2002
The English Suites – Diapason d’or (Diapason) “Choc” (Le Monde de la Musique), Recommended (Classica)
“… The cultivated sensitivity of Blandine Rannou has provided new insights into the way virtuosity is so infectiously paraded by the confident young Kapellmeister. … Rannou's position … is that the music is first and foremost a matter of beauty of sound.”
Gramophone, October 2003
Toccatas – 5 (Diapason), R9 (Classica)
“… Bach Toccatas, all showing her mastery of keyboard colour and balance, painting their complex mosaics with all the refinement and depth of a musical old master. Those like me won over by Gould, Schiff and others playing Bach on a modern keyboard need to revisit the real thing in company like this to remind us that it all began with Bach.”
Anthony Holden - The Observer