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2.0 out of 5 stars Lute suite ?, 10 May 2011
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This review is from: Bach: The Four Lute Suites [Great Performances] (Audio CD)
If you want a performance played on the lute, don't buy this CD.

It is played on guitar.

I got caught on this ... not happy at all.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2011 23:56:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2011 00:01:34 BDT
B. Arthur says:
So the picture of John Williams playing the guitar on the front cover didn't give you a clue; neither did the credit, "John Williams, guitar" on the back cover. You have no cause for complaint. The performances themselves are impeccable regardless of the instrument. It is very likely that Bach himself played these pieces on his gut strung harpsichord (lautenwerk) and some of them are transcriptions of his own violin, 'cello and keyboard works. Given the baroque practice of transference of idiom, a musical performance on any instrument should be considered valid.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 01:58:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2012 02:00:18 GMT
Jabron1 says:
Agreed.

It states on the front cover "the four lute suites on guitar". The fault lies with the reviewer not the album.

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 11:34:28 GMT
B. Arthur says:
My last comment was a bit negative so here is a more positive post. Brilliant though the Williams guitar recordings are, if you want Bach on the lute try Nigel North's boxed set of the violin and cello suites/partitas/sonatas on lute. They are sublime recordings. Two of these suites are also Lute suites BWV 995 and BWV 1006a. He also has a single CD of those two lute suites plus a fugue (BWV 1000) and prelude (BWV 999).

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 10:52:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2013 10:54:34 GMT
I'm with the others who've responded to his review: these ARE lute pieces, even if played on guitar. It's a shame Mr Breakwell was disappointed, but he should've spotted the very obvious info all over the product making it very clear that this is lute music played on guitar.

As a result of his own misunderstanding his rating is rendered rather redundant, as it doesn't address the actual merits or otherwise of the recording under review. I'd also have thought anyone sufficiently knowledgeable about classical music to know what a lute is would also know that Williams is a famous guitarist!

Having said all this, I can understand the disappointment in one sense: the lute does have a richer more sonorous sound than the guitar. But I'm with B. Arthur on that: Nigel North's lute recordings are sublime (be they Dowland, Bach or Weiss). So if you want Bach on lute, buy them!
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