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Bach: Complete Lute Suites / Sharon Isbin


Release Date: 08/05/2003 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 62198   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sharon Isbin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





This CD is a reissue of a 1989 recording. The artwork of the present version is more tasteful than the original, but otherwise the CDs are identical, down to the booklet text.


Sharon Isbin is an excellent guitar-player, with enviable skills. She has fast fingers, articulates precisely and cleanly, ornaments phrases where needed and with the greatest ease, and knows exactly how she wants the music to sound. All the voices are discernible, yet they maintain the proper hierarchy within these very complicated textures. This is certainly a recording that deserves a permanent slot in the collection of anyone interested in guitar repertoire.
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That being said, I must say that I much prefer the sound of the lute over that of the guitar for this specific repertoire. I find it richer, creamier, more nimble in articulating the music and more varied in its timbres. So after hearing these works on the lute (say, by Hopkinson Smith or Nigel North), I have some difficulty adjusting my ears to the blander sound of the guitar. And because of the nature of their instrument, lutenists are more personal in their interpretation of Baroque rhythms, less modern, less ironed out.


With the aforementioned caveats, these are classically balanced, stylistically convincing performances, and still fresh after 17 years.


FANFARE: Laura Rónai
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Public Radio, St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 21 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is transposed and performed in a minor on this recording. 
2. Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Public Radio, St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3. Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Public Radio, St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is transposed and performed in a minor on this recording. 
4. Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Public Radio, St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 17 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Prelude
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Loure
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Gavotte en rondeau
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Menuets I & II
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Bourrée
Suite in E major BWV 1006a: Gigue
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Prelude:très vite
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Allemande
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Courante
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Sarabande
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Gavotte I & II (en rondeau)
Suite in G minor BWV 995 (performed in A minor): Gigue
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Praeludio : Passaggio - Presto
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Allemande
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Courante
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Sarabande
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Bourrée
Suite in E minor BWV 996: Gigue
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Prelude
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Fugue
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Sarabande
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Gigue
Suite in C minor BWV 997 (performed in A minor): Double

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