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5.0 out of 5 stars Cello suites played on the lute, NOT lute suites., 19 Mar. 2013
This review is from: J.S. Bach: Lute Suites nos. 1, 2 & 3 (Audio CD)
For your information, these Hopkinson Smith recordings are of Bach's 'cello suites 1, 2 & 3 arranged by Hopkinson Smith for the lute and NOT Bach's lute suites which have BWV numbers 995 - 1000 inclusive, plus 1006A. Hopefully Amazon will correct the error and make my comments redundant.

That said, Hopkinson Smith is a very fine player. I own his recordings of Bach's lute music (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.) The actual lute suites include Bach's own arrangement of his 'cello suite no. 5 which is excellent in Hopkinson Smith's version so I am sure this recording of the 'cello suites 1, 2 & 3 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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