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The best available recording of Bach lute works,
This review is from: J.S. Bach: Complete Music for Lute (MP3 Download)
If you listen to the samples of the other available recordings by Paul O'Dette, Nigel North and Jakob Lindberg; none of them quite hit the mark. They suffer from either too distant a microphone (so it sounds tinny), too much reverb/echo (either from the location or as a studio effect) or too much gain/compression resulting in a dense sound but muddy where some strings drown out others. It must be that a lute is difficult to record well.
The sound on this recording is by far the best. There is clarity, that you would expect from a stringed instrument but which is not always there on other recordings. The microphone sounds close to the instrument to give warmth without too much string noise and breath noise. In fact the sound is so rich that if listening with ear buds or headphones, the bass strings are beautifully sonorous that makes it seem like you are close up to the instrument. No other recording has captured these low pitch string sounds so clearly and so well.
Bach's work always needs careful handling if it is not to sound lifeless and meandering. D'Agosto's interpretation does not disappoint and whilst his phrasing is a little different from others, it is still appropriate and shows thoughtfulness and intelligence. The playing is fluid and enjoyable. Full credit also to Brilliant Classics for delivering the definitive recording of this work.