Thomas Dunford continues to expand his discography on Alpha with a program of solo lute works by J.S. Bach, recorded in the ideal surroundings of the Salle de Musique of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. He performs an original composition by Bach for lute, the Suite in G minor BWV 995, as well as his own arrangements of the Suite BWV 1007 and the famous Chaconne from the Partita BWV 1004 – the latter piece has a notorious reputation for being (virtually) unplayable, at least on the violin! Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the ConservatoireRead more Superieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained a unanimous 1st Prize with Honors in the class of Charles-Edouard Fantin. He continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, and participated in various masterclasses across Europe. He has gone on to record an extensive discography and win multiple competitions.
What we get with Dunford’s Bach is a certain purity, a relatively unadorned line which assimilates articulation in favor of flow and clarity. The expression – of form or emotion – is all in the phrasing, which relies on the art of silence as much as a subtle rubato. It’s quite beautiful and refreshing, as though excrescences have been shorn away to reveal the classical architecture underneath.