J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Works for Lute-Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Robert Hill
Instrumentation:Lute-Harpsichord (Lautenwerck)
Individual Works:Prelude in C BWV 999
Prelude and Fantasia in C minor BWV 921 / 1121
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major BWV 998
Suite in E minor BWV 996
Fantasia and Fughetta in D major BWV 908
Fantasia and Fughetta in B flat major BWV 907
Suite in F minor BWV 823
Partita in C minor BWV 997
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:CD 92.109
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:71'43
Comments:Hänssler Complete Edition Bachakademie, Volume 109

John Hanna said:

This disc is perhaps the only currently available sampling of the sound of the lute-harpsichord - a sound J.S. Bach favored. The lute-harpsichord lacks string dampers on the individual harpsichord-like jacks. The resulting sound is VERY different from a hapsichord since the plucked string is allowed to fade away naturally and is NOT damped by the release of the finger from the key. The instrument in this recording is strung in gut, rather than typical harpsichord materials like steel or phosphor-bronze. The resulting sound is very close to a real lute, save for the 5 octave range. This is a beautiful recording.

Jan Hanford said:

An extraordinarly recording. The lute-harpsichord is a beautiful instrument and Robert Hill's performance is outstanding. This cd is essential for any lover of Bach's keyboard works.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Hanna
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:02/04/2000
Purchasing:Available from: Collegium Records
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