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J.S. Bach: Lute Suites nos. 4, 5 & 6

Hopkinson Smith , J.S. Bach , . Audio CD
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  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B00AJOOXL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prélude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Bourrées I & II
6. Gigue
7. Prélude
8. Allemande
9. Courante
10. Sarabande
11. Gavottes I & II
12. Gigue
13. Prélude
14. Allemande
15. Courante
16. Sarabande
17. Gavottes I & II
18. Gigue

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For your information, these Hopkinson Smith recordings are of Bach's 'cello suites 4 & 6, BWV 1010 & 1012, arranged by Hopkinson Smith for the lute and the lute suite, BWV 995 which is Bach's own arrangement of his 'cello suite no. 5 BWV 1011. thus they are incorrectly listed by Amazon. Hopefully the will correct the matter and make my comments redundant.

That said, Hopkinson Smith is a very fine player. I own his recordings of Bach's lute music, BWV 995 - 1000 inclusive, and BWV 1006A (most of which was probably written for keyboard. Bach owned a lautenwerk, or gut strung harpsichord which he used to simulate the lute. He owned a couple of lutes too.) Bach's own arrangement of his 'cello suite no. 5 is excellent in Hopkinson Smith's version so I am sure this recording including the 'cello suites 4 & 6 on the lute will be of the same quality.

You might also like to check out Nigel North's wonderful recordings, on the lute, of Bach's six violin sonatas and partitas (BWV 1000 - 1006) and of the 'cello suites, again on the lute (BWV 1007 - 1012) which are all available in one bargain boxed set.

Be sure to read the product description which clarifies matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars J S Bach Suites 2 Oct 2013
By Rufus
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Love the music, the technical ability of Hopkinson Emith. (Not heard of him before). Heard this music on Classic FM, and just had to purchase it. then I bought the second one too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely interpretation of the Cello suites on Lute 28 July 2013
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As a 'cellist, I've always loved the Bach suites, and I love how well they translate to different solo instruments. Hopkinson Smith has made a great recording on Lute, that brings out different aspects of the pieces from those we hear on bowed strings. A lovely collection.
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By Bebel
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I know these six sonatas "per violoncello solo" very well. And this version for lute was for me a big discovery!
Well, i rediscover this master piece. Thank you mister Hopkinson Smith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Mar 2013
By Eric L. - Published on Amazon.com
Fantastic! If you think you'll like it, you'll love it. One thing to note, these are transcriptions of Cello Suites, not the Lute Suites(yeah, yeah... I know there are only 4). As background, I've got a master's in music(Classical Guitar- performance) and a few semesters towards a Phd. in musicology. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing one of the great lutenists I can't recommend this highly enough. Gone are the days when early music was relegated to the "Those Who Can't" crowd. Everything about this recording, the playing, the transcription, the instrument and the recording itself are all first-rate. The Baroque Lute(Archlute/Theorbo) is a fabulous instrument in the right hands(like Smith or Kirchoff). The one on the recording is a 13-course so that puts it around 24 strings some of which are doubled like a modern-day 12-string(6-course). A fabulous player like Smith can get all of the sparkle, and nearly all of the range of a harpsichord with the nuance and inflection that comes from being in contact with the actual string.
As a guitarist, I've heard dozens of interpretations/transcriptions of the Cello suites, and for good reason; they are fantastic. If you're thinking about dipping your toes into the vast ocean of Bach's music, they are a great place to start. At no point in listening to these recordings did I feel Smith's additions were unfaithful or jarring to the original. I should note that I love Gould on a nine-foot Stienway and the Swingle Singer's interpretations of Bach too... I'm no purist. This is obviously a much more historically informed interpretation, even with the addition of harmonies and counter-melodies etc. That said, at no point in the recording did I feel Smith's playing lacked the "singing" quality which is often missing in guitar versions of the cello suites or some(most) of the early music recordings from a few decades back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach 26 Mar 2013
By Helga Van Zaane - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the quality of this CD. Brings such peace to the world. We are blessed with having had such composers as Bach and musicians as Hopkinson Smith and lute builders!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful 5 Mar 2014
By Sidd Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD, along with his CD of Suites 1,2 and 3 make up the background music of my life. I put them on the CD player and they sweeten my day, drifting through the house. Relaxing, beautiful, and wonderfully played, the lute is amazing in the hands of Hopkinson Smith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for Lute Suites 6 Sep 2013
By G. Wolff - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought both of these CDs hoping that they were Bach's Lute Suites, but they are actually Cello suites adapted to the Lute. This does not mean that they are not beautiful; just not as expected. Great CDs for some lovely, relaxing music. I gave four stars because the recording could probably have been better, but the performance is exemplary.
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