J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Four Suites for Lute

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Göran Söllscher
Individual Works:Suite in E minor, BWV 996
Suite in C minor, BWV 997
Suite in G minor, BWV 995
Suite in E flat major, BWV 1006a
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:445 563-2
Year Released/Recorded:Recorded: 1981/83
This reissue: 1995
Total Playing Time:79"11
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

This recording is remastered previously released material from Works for Lute, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

An outstanding recording. Göran Söllscher plays these familiar works with exceptional tone, energy and clarity. He plays an a customised guitar with 11 strings, including bass strings. Not only is the instrument beautiful to listen to but his performance is exceptional. His impressive technique and interpretation make this recording a joy to listen to; I found myself craving more and playing it over and over again. I couldn't ask for more in a guitar performance of Bach and highly recommend this recording.

However, these cd's were extremely difficult to find. This and his other recordings of the Lute Works Vols. 1 and 2 are in the Deutsche Grammophon catalog in Germany, but are not available elsewhere. I am told record stores in the U.K. carry them, but several web sites in England told me they were unavailable. No one in the U.S. was able to acquire these cd's for me. Finally, a friend in Germany special ordered them for me from his local record shop. I provide the information here, in case anyone is interested in acquiring these gems:

Store NameSaraphon
Ecke Kaiserstrasse/Dudweiler
Haus Nikolai
D-66111 Saarbruecken
Phone+49 681 31007
Fax+49 681 3904978

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:02/18/1998