Bach: Suites No 1, 2 & 3 / Hopkinson Smith
Bach,J.s. / Smith
Johann Sebastian Bach
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One of today’s 'popes' of early and baroque lute playing, Hopkinson Smith returns to the magic masterpieces of Bach and records the renowned Suites BWV 1007, 1008 and 1009, transcribed by himself for the German theorbo.
One of today’s 'popes' of early and baroque lute playing, Hopkinson Smith returns to the magic masterpieces of Bach and records the renowned Suites BWV 1007, 1008 and 1009, transcribed by himself for the German theorbo. Read less
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Mr. Smith continues to amaze. March 13, 2013
By Oscar O. Veterano See All My Reviews
"Hopkinson Smith Bach Suites no.s 1, 2 & 3 Naïve The new recording by the great virtuoso Hopkinson Smith continues his exploration of Bachs music for solo instruments, in this case Suites no.s 1, 2 & 3 for unaccompanied cello. As with his previous, critically acclaimed recordings of Bachs sonatas and partitas for violin and the cello suites no.s 4, 5 & 6, Mr. Smith has transcribed this group for the lute. In so doing (as he states in the liner notes) his intention is
to approach what Bach himself might have done. Since Bach did, in fact, adapt some of his own work for the lute, Mr. Smiths excellent transcriptions can be thought of as an imaginative continuation of established musical practice first begun by the composer. Among the many highlights of Mr. Smiths performance, perhaps his most intriguing is his choice of instruments; what he calls the German theorbo is a large bodied lute of 13 or 14 strings, originally developed by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, famous Baroque lutenist and musical colleague of Bach, for use with orchestras. The additional range and depth of this particular instrument so perfectly matches the tonal requirements of music written for the cello that the often glaring differences in sound quality between bowed and plucked strings nearly disappears. This is timeless music, brilliantly performed by an internationally acknowledged virtuoso, and recorded with state of the art clarity and precision. If you only buy 4 or 5 classical CDs this year, Bach Suites no.s 1, 2, & 3 by Hopkinson Smith should be at the top of your list. Highest Possible Recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano"