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Bach: The Original Lute Works / Joachim Held

Bach / Held,Joachim
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98649   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joachim Held
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There has always been a controversy over whether the lute works of the cantor of St. Thomas were really intended for the lute. They were considered unplayable - just as the sonatas for solo violin once were. The alleged unplayable quality of the pieces came about primarily as a result of the fact that they were originally intended for a keyboard instrument - the Lautenwerk. But there is another solution: on this CD, the internationally renowned lutenist Joachim Held performs Bach's original lute works on the lute. Unplayable? Hard to imagine, because Bach knew the capabilities of this instrument, even had one in his home, where the most prominent lute virtuosos of his time came to visit. On this recording, Joachim Held brings these Read more long-neglected works back to life. - Hänssler Classic Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joachim Held (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joachim Held (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joachim Held (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 

Sound Samples

Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: I. Prelude
Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: II. Allemande
Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: III. Courante
Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: IV. Sarabande
Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: V. Gavotte I -
Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: V. Gavotte II
Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995: VI. Gigue
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, BWV 998: Prelude
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, BWV 998: Fuga
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, BWV 998: Allegro
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: I. Prelude
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: II. Loure
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet I -
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet II
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: V. Bourree
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: VI. Gigue

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