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The Baroque Lute / Andrew Maginley

Release Date: 12/05/2006 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2115   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Silvius Leopold WeissAdam FalckenhagenJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrew Maginley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BACH (trans. Maginley) Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007. WEISS Sonata No. 36 in d. FALCKENHAGEN Sonata in F, op. 1/5 Andrew Maginley (lt) AVIE 2115 (55:09)

On this disc, Andrew Maginley plays his own transcription of Bach’s first Cello Suite, a ravishingly beautiful sonata by Bach’s nearly exact Read more contemporary, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, and a short sonata by Adam Falckenhagen, who was born a decade after Weiss in 1697, and who died in 1754, four years after the deaths of both Bach and Weiss. Maginley’s reasoning for pairing the Bach and Weiss is that, leaving aside exceptions such as Bach’s Prelude and Weiss’s Fantasia, both works contain “groups of dances drawn from popular forms.” Of course we are used to hearing the Bach played on the cello. On Maginley’s lute, the piece is less effortful, galant rather than intense. That results partly from his quick tempos, and partially from the interpretation. Whereas the Prelude played on cello almost inevitably builds in intensity as the repetitive phrases move upward in pitch, the lutenist shows no strain. So the Bach becomes a more elegant work than we are used to.

I am guessing that the Weiss was recorded in a different location, or at least with different microphone placement. The recorded sound on this piece is rather hugely resonant, given that it is a lute playing, and unlike the sound of the Bach. For a more natural lute sound, one could go to Maginley’s main rival for this piece, Robert Barto’s Weiss recording on Naxos. (Barto is recording all of Weiss: the Sonata No. 36 is on Volume 1.) Yet I am still recommending the Maginley, for the sweet lyricism of the playing, for his careful shaping of his phrases, and for his seemingly perfect tempos. A student of Weiss’s, Falckenhagen is the least known of the composers represented here, yet the opening notes of the Largo reveal, in their singing trills, the noble sobriety of the melody, a special voice. For me the Falckenhagen is the discovery of this disc. I don’t know another recording of this Sonata, but Maginley also has recorded a whole disc of the composer’s other works.

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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Lute no 36 in D minor by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Andrew Maginley (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Sonatas (6) for Lute, Op. 1: no 5 in F major by Adam Falckenhagen
Performer:  Andrew Maginley (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Germany 
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrew Maginley (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Andrew Maginley. 

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