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Bach on the Rauwolf Lute

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Jakob Lindberg
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2552 SACD
EAN 7318599925523
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2021
Total time 87'57


Album release: 5th November 2021
Bach was renowned as a keyboard player as well as being an accomplished violinist, but as far as we know he didn't play the lute. He seems to have been fascinated by the instrument’s special sound qualities, however, and was clearly inspired by the possibilities of the Lautenwerk. This was a gut-strung harpsichord designed to imitate the sound of the lute and at least some of the works &&&usually referred to as ‘the Bach Lute Suites’ were probably composed for this instrument.

Jakob Lindberg recorded the complete suites in 1992. Returning to the composer almost three decades later, he does so in the company of his Rauwolf lute, an instrument built in Augsburg around 1590 and ‘modernised’ in 1715, during Bach’s lifetime. But this time, only two of the works belong to the standard lute repertoire – the Prelude BWV 999 and the Suite BWV 1006a, which in fact is the composer’s own arrangement of his Partita No. 3 for solo violin. For the remaining works on the disc Lindberg has taken the cue from Bach, making arrangements of Cello Suite No.1 and Sonata No. 1 for solo violin in full. He has also chosen individual movements from other solo works, including the highly complex fugue from Sonata No. 3 for solo violin. The amply filled album (88 minutes!) closes with the iconic Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
01 Prelude in D minor (orig.: C minor), BWV 999 2'08
 
  From Violin Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 13'49
02 Fugue 10'46
03 Largo 3'03
 
  Suite in C major (arr. of Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007) 18'43
04 Prelude 2'39
05 Allemande 4'43
06 Courante 3'20
07 Sarabande 2'44
08 Menuet I & II 3'20
09 Gigue 1'57
 
  Suite in F major (orig.: E major), BWV 1006a 22'17
10 Prelude 5'03
11 Loure 3'49
12 Gavotte en Rondeau 3'27
13 Menuet I & II 4'55
14 Bourrée 2'09
15 Gigue 2'54
 
  Sonata in G minor (arr. of Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001) 16'16
16 Adagio 3'37
17 Fugue 6'06
18 Siciliana 2'58
19 Presto 3'35
 
  from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
20 Chaconne 14'33
 
  Album total 87'57
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ArrangerLindberg, Jakob

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