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Bach: Works for Lute Vol 2 / Goran Sollscher

Release Date: 12/04/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413719   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Goran Sollscher's accounts of what are often described (as they are here) as Bach's 'works for the lute'—though any legal action based on such flimsy evidence would probably never even reach court—are here brought together. Other guitarists have covered the same territory but not in any comparable way; Sollscher uses a guitar with 11 strings but its tuning is far closer to that of the Renaissance than to that of the baroque lute; it is not a 'historical' instrument, but in this case what instrument would be appropriate? And, provided that the music was fitly presented, would Bach have cared much? Only the blindest of purists would answer the last question affirmatively. Sollscher's instrument permits him to leave the basses in their proper Read more octaves, without 'compressing' them as 'standard' guitarists must do... He is in truth a musician's musician—forget what instrument he is playing who knows how to impart shape to lines and dynamics to reveal structure and to present the music with dignity, investing it with controlled emotion. His playing is technically immaculate and so too is the recording. As an account of this oeuvre (if it may be so described) this disc is unrivalled.

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [1/1989]
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Works on This Recording

Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: V. Gavotte I & II en rondeau
Lute Partita in E, BWV 1006a: II. Loure

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE April 30, 2015 By MICHAEL RUDY (SOLOMONS, MD) See All My Reviews "Sollscher's 11 string specially modified guitar is especially suited for a superlative interpretation of Bach's lute works!" Report Abuse
 Surpurb! February 19, 2013 By A. Abbott (Oakdale, CA) See All My Reviews "The clarity and style of performance is outstanding. Certainly increased my understanding and enjoyment of this instrument. Thank you to all who any any part in this treasured recording." Report Abuse
 Wonderful playing October 18, 2012 By Gary S. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "Wonderful playing. Great rhythm, transparent counterpoint, beautiful phrasing. I only wish the full Vol. 1 were available again (there's a new single volume release that leaves off a few tracks)." Report Abuse
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