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5.0 out of 5 stars Cello suites played on the lute rather than lute suites, 19 Mar 2013
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B. Arthur "Brian" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: J.S. Bach: Lute Suites nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Audio CD)
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
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This review is from: J.S. Bach: Lute Suites nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Audio CD)
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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This review is from: J.S. Bach: Lute Suites nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Curiously, this is the first time i'heard Hopkinson Smith and i love this version for lute., 15 May 2013
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This review is from: J.S. Bach: Lute Suites nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Audio CD)
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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