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Bach: Lute Suites Bwv 995-998 / Paul Galbraith


Release Date: 02/29/2000 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3258   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Galbraith
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


These transcriptions for 8-string guitar of Bach's Lute Suites are not as big a stretch as Paul Galbraith's first Delos Bach CD, in which he arranged the solo violin sonatas and partitas for his unique instrument; but hearing them this way does expand them considerably. Galbraith plays on a specially designed 8-string guitar that is held like a cello, with an end-pin that rests on a wooden resonance box. The result is "expanded intimacy", warm and resonant sound, yet highly detailed and confidential. To these appealing sonics, Galbraith brings consummate musicianship and an unerring sense of phrasing and lyrical line. His playing is sensitive, astute, and seems to fully convey the core essence of every
Read more movement. The recorded sound is ideal and there are excellent program notes by the performer, in which he discusses Bach's borrowing of themes from his own sacred works in creating the lute suites. Listen to this CD in a darkened room with some lamp or candlelight and you might have to admit that it is quite a spiritual experience.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Paul Galbraith. 
2. Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Paul Galbraith. 
3. Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Paul Galbraith. 
4. Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Galbraith (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Paul Galbraith. 

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