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Bach: The Four Lute Suites [Great Performances] Original recording remastered


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  • Performer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B000F6YW0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Suite No. 1 in E minor for Lute, BWV 996"
2. "Suite (Partita) in A minor, BWV 997 (originally in C minor)"
3. "Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a"
4. "Suite in A minor for Lute, BWV 995"
5. I. Passaggio - Presto
6. II. Allemande
7. III. Courante
8. IV. [Sarabande]
9. V. Bourrée
10. VI. [Gigue]
11. I. Preludio - Fuga
12. II. Sarabande
13. III. Gigue - Double
14. I. Prélude
15. II. Loure
16. III. Gavotte en Rondeau
17. IV. Menuetts I & II
18. V. Bourrée
19. VI. Gigue
20. I. Präludium - Presto
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on 2 Nov. 2009
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An impulse buy to 'fill a gap' in the collection but one of the most relaxing and enjoyable CD's bought for some time. If you're looking for an accurate and musical rendition of this music, you couldn't do better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Moonfish on 15 July 2012
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Mesmerizing! I have been listening to these suites in many forms and they all have their strengths. John Williams's interpretation of Bach's Lute Suites on Guitar are beautifully played and the soundscapes he creates are bound to found a way into your mind. If I listen to these as a drive I simply cannot help myself humming along as they come across as a song. Regardless, these are pieces that you will treasure if you are fond of Bach's compositions and/or the guitar. Bach often used his compositions in many ways (e.g. cello or lute). As another reviewer stated the guitar is the main instrument in this recording from 1975. It is very beautiful and is likely to be a desert island disc.
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By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2013
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This is an excellent recording of some beautiful music.

As a dabbler on guitar, even (albeit timorously) venturing gradually and slowly into classical repertoire, it's particularly of interest. Williams has long been known as a prolific guitar virtuoso of outstanding talent, and this 1975 recording is just one of the many testimonies from his catalogue to bear this out.

Considered on its own merits this is certainly five-star fare. And we love it, having already listened to it numerous times within the first week of owning it. What I would like to observe, however, is that coming to this from Nigel North's fabulous Bach lute set (a glorious 4 disc set from Linn records), one is struck by how much richer and more sonorous the lute sounds.

Keyboard instruments seem to have evolved such that over the years modern instruments typically deliver a richer broader more expressive sonority than do older models and types. The humble guitar, by contrast (and I love guitar, and play it a lot at home), seems a lesser beast, sonically speaking, than a well-recorded lute. I guess it's simply down to the fact that lutes have more strings and a wider range. Perhaps also the age of this recording adds to a slight thinness of tone?

With the above in mind, I would have to say that the best renditions of this repertoire are North's lute recordings for Linn. But they are obviously on lute, and this is guitar. Despite having said all this, first and foremost this is beautiful music played with superlative skill, and as such fully merits five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lord Haigo on 26 Mar. 2014
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Superb playing, precise, expressive. Williams plays with attention to detail and makes some very hard music sound effortless and easy.
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By Mr. R. P. De Kerbrech on 14 Oct. 2013
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The Master at work.The definitive version to be played without distraction for effect.Relaxing and soothing. Extremely good value for money,
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By GUIDO MOENS on 21 Oct. 2013
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Bach is Bach so you know what you can expect, but how John Williams performs the Lute Suites is astonishing. Superb!
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