J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Lute Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jakob Lindberg
Individual Works:Suite in G minor, BWV 995
Suite in E minor, BWV 996
Suite in C minor, BWV 997
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat Major, BWV 998
Prelude in C minor, BWV 999
Fugue in G minor, BWV 1000
Suite in E major, BWV 1006a
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:BIS
Year Released/Recorded:1992/1994
Total Playing Time:110:01
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

This recording of all Bach's works for lute is a real treasure.

Playing a 13-course Baroque Lute by Michael Lowe, Oxford 1981, Jakob Lindberg is one of the most recognised masters of the lute and his performance is both masterly and beautiful. He brings a liveliness and joy to these pieces that you don't always hear. The delicacy of the lute, with the additional sonority of the bass strings, really brings out the intricacy of these pieces. Jakob Lindberg's technique is flawless and his interpretation is straightforward and completely delightful.

The liner notes are also excellent with an explanation of the origins of the pieces. Also, Jakob explains his sources, making his adaptions from the chosen Urtext (original text) as closely as possible. Something I didn't know was that, although Bach owned a lute, there is no evidence he played the lute himself. Instead, he owned two instruments called Lautenwerk which were keyboard instruments designed to imitate the sound of the lute (Wow, I want one!). It is assumed that Bach played these pieces on this keyboard instrument, which may explain why they are technically more difficult than any other repertoire for the lute.

This cd is another to be placed at the top of my collection of Bach's works.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:08/31/1997