Johann Sebastian BACH, Fait pour les Anglois Fait pour les Anglois

This well-known set of Suites is rarely gone about by most harpsichordists because of its dis tinctive virtuosity. Its popular title refers to only one manuscript – the one of Johann Christian Bach, who noted "fait pour les Anglois" on it. After all it’s maybe a hom age or musical reply on the 1713 publication of François Couperin’s Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin.
Pascal Dubreuil, after his highl y acclaimed recordings of the f irst and second parts of the Clavierübung (RAM 0804 & 1001) offers us with his interpretation of these Suites an impressive reading of highest artistry.

   After several years study with Yannick le Gaillard, PASCAL DUBREUIL was awarded the diplomas in both harpsichord and basso continuo from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He continued his studies with various teachers, notably Kenneth Gilbert, and especially Gustav Leonhardt. He also studied orchestral direction with Nicholas Brochot. A prizewinner at Bruges in 1997, he is now pursuing a career as performer and teacher. He has appeared throughout Europe as a harpsichordist, but also on the clavichord and fortepiano. This has been both as soloist and chamber musician, particularly with Musica Aeterna Brastislava, and as continuo-player with various ensembles such as Ensemble vocal de l'Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes and Sagittarius, as well as with soloists such as Claire Michon, Patrick Ayrton (as a harpsichord duo), François Fernandez, Marie Rouquié, Bruno Boterf and Ricardo Rapoport. He is regularly invited for festivals such as the Printemps des Arts, the Académies musicales de Saintes, the Festival de Música Antiga in Barcelona, the festival Dni starej hudby in Bratislava or the Ruhr Klavier Festival . He has recorded with the labels Le Chant du Monde, K 617 and Arion, and currently records with Ramée. His recording with the latter of Bach's six Partitas (RAM 0804) was universally acclaimed by international critics, and received several awards, among which the prestigious German Recording Critics Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Pascal Dubreuil is currently professor of harpsichord and chamber-music at the early music department of the Rennes Conservatoire. He also teaches harpsichord and musical rhetoric at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Poitiers. In 2009 he founded the ensemble Il Nuovo Concerto, of which is the artistic director. He is also the founder of the early music festival "Baroque... et vous ?" in Rennes. His research into musical rhetoric over many years has led him to publish, jointly with Agathe Sueur, the first complete French translation of Joachim Burmeister's 1606 treatise Musica Poetica, as well as important extracts from two of Burmeister's other treatises (Mardaga, 2007). Pascal Dubreuil is also often invited as a member of juries for exams and competitions, and to lead masterclasses, both in France and abroad.

Suite I in A major BWV 806   Suite IV in F major BWV 809
1. Prélude 1. Prélude
2. Allemande   2. Allemande
3. Courante I   3. Courante
4. Courante II avec des Doubles   4. Sarabande
5. Sarabande   5. Menuet I & II
6. Bourrée I & II   6. Gigue
7. Gigue  
    Suite V in E minor BWV 810
Suite II in A minor BWV 807   7. Prélude
8. Prélude   8. Allemande
9. Allemande   9. Courante
10. Courante   10. Sarabande
11. Sarabande   11. Passepied I & II
12. Bourrée I & II   12. Gigue
13. Gigue  
    Suite VI in D minor BWV 811
Suite III in G minor BWV 808   13. Prélude
14. Prélude   14. Allemande
15. Allemande   15. Courante
16. Courante   16. Sarabande & Double
17. Sarabande   17. Gavotte I & II
18. Gavotte I & II   18. Gigue
19. Gigue