From the reign of Henry VIII and onwards, the lute and its practitioners enjoyed the patronage of the very highest English society. The Royal enthusiasm for the lute influenced the aristocracy, and an English style of lute music was established.
A large corpus of solo music has been preserved, mostly in manuscript sources, including obvious candidates, such as Dowland, as well as pieces by the enigmatic Cuthbert Hely, whose work only survives in one single lute book.
One of the foremost exponents of the lute and this repertoire, Jakob Lindberg
performs the programme on what is possibly the world's oldest lute in playing condition, built c. 1590
'[Lindberg] is unfazed by the virtuosic demands of Bacheler's long, elaborately ornamented variations...what really impress are the security of his playing and the maturity of his interpretations...The instrument Lindberg plays with so sensitive and sure a touch is also of considerable interest. It was made by the Augsburg luthier Sixtus Rauwolf in about 1590' --International Record Review, March 2014
'In a meticulously voices recital that moves between court, theatre and tavern, from music of great sophistication to music of extraordinary bluntness, Lindberg conjures an age that as as perilous as it was rich in musical invention...skillfully handled and sweetly turned.' ***** INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
'Upon hearing this terrific release for the first time, I remarked to a friend that it could easily have been titled 'Jakobean Lute Music'. Because, apart from its being an excellent survey of early-17th-century English and Scottish lute music, it also finds London-based Swedish lutenist Jakob Lindberg in uncommonly fine form.' EDITOR'S CHOICE --Gramophone, April 2014