J.S. Bach: Piano Works

January 2013, Erato Classics

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Praise for J.S. Bach: Piano Works

“Fray’s touch is exactly nuanced, its technical control aristocratically poised, produces sonorities of irresistably pellucid light and shade. And his rhythmic vitality is acute.” – BBC Music Magazine ****

“His C minor Partita (No. 2) stands out for its diversified articulations and sensitive melodic pointing…Fray also digs deepest in the E minor Partita’s Sarabande, spinning out the long lines as if they were a vocal aria in one of the Passions…Fray is at his consistent best in his forward-moving, assiduously unified and gorgeously controlled C minor Toccata.” – Gramophone

“You can tell right from the opening notes of the Partita No 2 that, as with Gould, every single keystroke has been painstakingly analysed, weighed and considered before Fray executes it – though judging by the sweep and flow of these performances, it’s unlikely they were subject to the kind of finicky editing favoured by Gould.” – The Independent ****