J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Lute suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Paul Galbraith
Individual Works:Lute suites
BWV 996
BWV 997
BWV 998
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Delos
Catalog Number:DE 3258
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:59:38
Comments:Ian Docherty said:

This is a fine recording on the player's 8 string guitar with imaginative tempos and clear articulation. BWV 996 has an intense Sarabande & the Bouree & Double flow convincinly together. Only problem might be some audible breathing from the player.

Fluffy said:

This is a ground-breaking recording by Paul Galbraith. Nobody plays like him. This man is ridiculous. Everything is clearly articulated and brilliantly thought out. I do not think many traditional classical guitarists will enjoy this recording, for he plays more like an actual musician. He gets to the point where he is no longer playing the guitar, he is making the music. My observation is that people who appreciate Galbraith are either pianists, harpsichordists, singers, lutenists, not normal classical guitarists, or specialist in the field of this music. I highly recommend this recording to anybody, especially the Glenn Gould fans.

Oh, it is closely miced and you can hear him breathing, but this is what I prefer. The playing is human and it's so close you could almost reach out and "touch that sound," and Galbraith creates a brilliant, ground-breaking sound that has never been heard before.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • ian docherty
  • Fluffy
Date First Submitted:02/19/2001