Andrew Lawrence-King performs some well known pieces, originally for lute or harpsichord, on a Baroque triple harp, with mixed results.
The so-authentic-it-hurts brigade will approve of the quarter comma meantone tuning, but most listeners will find it somewhat on the pungent side, especially in the Chromatic Fantasia, which opens the disc. In contrast to the standard, lightning fast performances on the keyboard, this is a slow, measured performance, reminiscent of a recitative or improvisation. (A shame that the companion fugue appears to have been omitted.)
The C minor lute/cello suite gets a rather sluggish performance, which doesn't really excite.
In contrast, the outstanding part of the recording is the Partita in D minor (BWV 1004) here transposed to A minor. The dances are poised and elegant, and the final Chaconne is both passionate and tender.
Not as good as La Harpe Royale
, but a worthwhile purchase.