he French Suites, BWV 812-817, are six suites which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote for the clavier (harpsichord or clavichord) between the years of 1722 and 1725. Although Suites Nos. 1 to 4 are typically dated to 1722, it is possible that the first was written somewhat earlier.The suites were later given the name "French" (first recorded usage by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg in 1762). Likewise, the English Suites received a later appellation. The name was popularised by Bach's biographer Johann Nikolaus Forkel, who wrote in his 1802 biography of Bach, "One usually calls them French Suites because they are written in the French manner." This claim, however, is inaccurate: like Bach's other suites, they follow a largely Italian convention. There is no surviving definitive manuscript of these suites, and ornamentation varies both in type and in degree across manuscripts. The courantes of the first (in D minor) and third (in B minor) suites are in the French style, the courantes of the other four suites are all in the Italian style. In any case, Bach also employed dance movements (such as the polonaise of the sixth suite) that are foreign to the French manner. Usually, the swift second movement after the allemande is named either courante (French style) or corrente (Italian style), but in all these suites the second movements are named courante, according to the Bach catalog listing, which supports the suggestion that these suites are "French". Some of the manuscripts that have come down to us are titled "Suites Pour Le Clavecin", which is what probably led to the tradition of calling them "French" Suites.
espite her young age the pianist Magdalena Müllerperth, born in Pforzheim (Germany) in 1992, is looking back on a remarkable career.
Since 1999 she has won more than 35 prizes at piano-competitions, inlcuding the "Les Rencontres internationales des Jeunes Pianistesde l´An 2002" in Belgium, the "Premio della Critica 2004" (RAI) at "Concorso Europeo di Musica" in Italy, the German state piano competition "Jugend musiziert" 2005 and the first price of the "Minnesota Orchestra, Young People´s Symphony Concert Association" in the USA. She begann piano lessons at the age of five. Three years later she became a student - in 2003 a junior student - of Prof. Sontraud Speidel at the Public University of Music in Karlsruhe (Germany). Since November 2007 Magdalena Müllerperth has been a student of Prof. Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota USA, founded by scholarships.
Beside recitals in Europe, Russia and the USA, Magdalena Müllerperth performs as a featured soloist with renowned orchestras, such as the "Baden-Badener Philharmoniker" conducted by Werner Stiefel, the "Slovak Sinfonietta" under Peter Wallinger, the "Kurpfälzer Kammerorchester", the "Stuttgarter Philharmoniker" conducted by Simon Gaudenz, the "State Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukrain" Lugansk conducted by Kurt Schmid and the "Minnesota Orchestra" under Marc Russel Smith.
On this disc you hear the first live-recording of a piano recital with this exceptional artist.
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