Free Download: JS Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 4

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Our free download this week is the final movement from JS Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, recorded by the Academy of Ancient Music under music director Richard Egarr.

Although popular with his counterparts in Baroque Germany, Bach wasn’t particularly drawn to the genre of orchestral suites, and composed only four in his lifetime, calling them ‘Ouvertures’ because of their French style. Thought to have been composed around 1730, the concluding movement of the fourth of his suites is a Réjouissance, meaning ‘rejoicing.’

In BBC Music Magazine’s March 2015 issue, reviewer Nicholas Anderson gave his verdict: ‘These stylised movements which derive from French opera were not intended for dancing, yet Egarr’s understanding of them makes us want to do just that. Menuets and Gavottes are poised and unhurried while the Ouvertures themselves, with their resplendent opening measures and lively fugal discourses, sparkle with amiability.’

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