This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
The lute music from this period represents some of the best ever written for the instrument. Under Lindberg's fingers, and on his beloved Sixtus Rauwolf lute (c. 1590), even the relatively straightforward anonymous Scottish pieces included here are imbued with the same affecting lyricism he lavishes on the [other] works.
***** (out of 5)
The sound of Jakob Lindberg's lute, made by Sixtus Rauwolf in the last decade of the 16th century, is unusually warm. A meticulously voiced recital that movesRead more between court, theatre, and tavern. Lindberg conjures an age that was as perilous as it was rich in musical invention.
– BBC Music Magazine
JACOBEAN LUTE MUSIC • Jakob Lindberg (lt) • BIS 2055 (81:12)
Works by: DOWLAND, ROBINSON, R. JOHNSON, BACHELER, HELY, J. GAULTIER, ANONYMOUS
Jakob Lindberg here turns to familiar territory, and deals with it in exemplary, historically informed fashion. His phrasing is impeccable, and the articulation of multiple lines, always clear and balanced. Great reserves of color can be heard in the slower, longer works, such as the pavans by Robert Johnson and Danile Bacheler, while all the divisions in the many faster pieces are tossed off with deceptive ease, and on occasion, an appropriate dash of humor. Not the least of the disc’s charms is the program itself, cleverly varied by length, character, complexity, and textures over a succession of works.
In short, this is one of Lindberg’s most immediately accessible releases to date. I’ve heard him accused in the past of too great a sense of restraint, but never found this true, myself; and here there certainly is no room for that complaint. Without ever waxing sentimental, a rich vein of expressiveness should be obvious to all on this generously timed disc. Highly recommended.
Highly Recommended!December 25, 2014By R. Spatz (Montgomery, IL)See All My Reviews"During the 17th century, the English style of lute music reached its highest artistic level, with scores of works written by such composers as John Dowland and Robert Johnson. The program on this SACD is a generously timed 81 minutes of highly engaging works, breathtakingly beautiful and exciting. They range from "A Fancy" and "Battle Galliard" by John Dowland, to "Pavan" and "Fantasia" by Robert Johnson, with many anonymous works included, such as "John Come Kiss Me Now" and "Hence to Me Molly Gray". Musical moods range from melancholy to joyful, providing constant programmatic interest throughout. The sound conveys a feeling of listening to Jakob Lindberg live in the studio- it's as "real" as any high-resolution download I have heard to date (My review is of the redbook layer)- One can clearly hear Jakob Lindberg breathing, along with mechanical sounds from the lute. Finally, the booklet has much interesting historical information about not only the time during which the music was written, and how the composers were involved, but of the lute itself, a very special instrument. I recommend this SACD without reservation."Report Abuse
Solo Lute Transports You Back in TimeOctober 16, 2014By Jayson Levy (Galveston, TX)See All My Reviews"Jakob Linberg's playing sensitively and skillfully takes you back five centuries. Overall, the solo pieces are mid-tempo, and provide a lovely background for work in the office or home. The booklet with the CD is provides an introduction to all the composers, as well as the lutenist. If I could have I would have rated it 3-1/2 stars."Report Abuse