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Bach: Music For Lute-Harpsichord / Elizabeth Farr


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570470-71   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote music for the lute throughout his career. He had in his possession not only a lute but also two lute-harpsichords (Lautenwerke), gut-strung keyboard instruments allowing a fuller range of sound than the normal lute. For the present recording Elizabeth Farr plays a lute-harpsichord reconstructed by Keith Hill from Bach’s own specification for one of his two instruments. -- Naxos

R E V I E W S:

"The harpsichord and its repertoire can make for a sensual, intimate avenue of aural escape. That takes not only a sensitive player, but an alluring instrument and the right acoustics. Even those who think they are allergic to the harpsichord may find themselves beguiled by the tone
Read more of the lute-harpsichord. This mysterious Baroque hybrid, strung mostly in gut like a lute rather than in metal like a harpsichord, combined the compass of a keyboard with the warmth of a plucked instrument. A fan of their ravishing sound, Bach owned a couple of lute-harpsichords. Robert Hill's sublime 1999 release in Hänssler's complete Bach edition has been the go-to disc for the lute-harpsichord works. But American keyboardist Elizabeth Farr—whose William Byrd collection was one of last year's best recordings [Naxos 8.570139-41]—measures up with this bargain-priced double-CD set...the clarity of Farr's playing has its own poetry, matched by transparent sound. As on her Byrd set, Farr plays a beautiful instrument by top American builder Keith Hill." -- Bradley Bambarger, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey USA), August 26, 2008

"Very expressive and colorful playing in a simply delightful listen."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Fugue for Lute in G minor, BWV 1000 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 2nd movement, Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 3rd movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 4th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 5th movement, Double by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
11.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 2nd movement, Loure by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 3rd movement, Gavotte en Rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 4th movement, Minuet I by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 5th movement, Minuet II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
18.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 6th movement, Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
19.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 7th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
20.
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964: 1st movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
21.
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964: 2nd movement, Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
22.
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964: 3rd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
23.
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964: 4th movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
24.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Sarabande in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
25.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
26.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
27.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 4 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
28.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
29.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
30.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 7 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
31.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 8 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
32.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 9 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
33.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 10 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
34.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 11 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
35.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 12 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
36.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 13, Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
37.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 14, Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
38.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 15 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
39.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990: Partita no 16, Giguetta by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Farr (Lute-harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: V. Gavotte I
Lute Partita in E, BWV 1006a: I. Preludio
Lute Partita in E, BWV 1006a: III. Gavotte en rondeau

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