Recommended sampling points are legion. Try, for example, the opening flourish of the First Suite's Prelude, the way it trips into action, easily, elegantly and with absolute control. Or there are the noble Sarabandes (one to each Suite), mostly with fulsome spread chords fanning the main melody line. Leonhardt launches into the Second Suite's fugal Prelude with unforced enthusiasm, brings a lilting gaiety to its spiralling Gigue and is extraordinarily graceful in the Fourth Suite's Allemande. Everywhere one senses a precisely focused musical mind, a sort of interpretative chivalry, courteous but strong and with an intuitive understanding of Baroque style.
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