Album: Bach, Frühwerke – Andreas Staier (Harmonia Mundi)

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Variously north German, Italian and French in style, the works in Andreas Staier's captivating recital reveal the developing musical personality of the young Bach.

From the innovative Toccatas in D major, G major and E minor to the delicate variations of "Partite diverse sopra: O Gott, du frommer Gott", the intimate "Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo", and the extrovert elegance of the Suite in A minor, Staier's performance is suffused with a greedy pleasure in the warmth and variety of Anthony Sidey and Frédéric Bal's copy of a 1734 Hass double-manual harpsichord.

Pick of the Album: The flamboyant opening movement of the Toccata in G

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