Lute

Eduardo Egüez - The Lute Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume One (2001)

Eduardo Egüez - The Lute Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume One (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:01:18 | 315 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: MA Recordings | Catalog: 53

The issue of authenticity of Bach’s so-called lute music is one that continues to perplex artists today; most of the recordings of Bach’s lute music range from transcriptions of the cello and certain solo violin suites to other more capriciously chosen works that are made to “fit” the instrument. Indeed, one of the best (and most popular) of such collections, that by Nigel North (Linn Records, “Bach on the Lute”), consists entirely of these violin and cello works, albeit with the not-uncommon idea of such works finding their way into the repertoire of all sorts of related instruments.

Paul O`Dette - Kapsberger: Lute Works (2008)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 11, 2023
Paul O`Dette - Kapsberger: Lute Works (2008)

Paul O`Dette - Kapsberger: Lute Works (2008)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:27 | 355 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 507020

One of those special discs where the combination of repertoire and performances is of such unerring quality that it can justly be called definitive, Paul O'Dette's 1991 recital of lute works by Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger is as good as it gets. Born in Venice, Kapsberger was unsurpassed in his times as a lutenist. His published collections of works for his instrument were considered all but unplayable by anyone but himself at the time they were first published./quote]
Richard Stone, Tempesta Di Mare - Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004)

Richard Stone, Tempesta Di Mare - Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Concerti (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Chandos-Chaconne | # CHAN 0707 | Time: 01:16:10

Like Sebastian Bach and François Couperin, Sylvius Leopold Weiss came from and continued a musical tradition. His father was Johann Jakob Weiss, his brother was Johann Sigismund Weiss, and his son was Johann Adolph Faustinius Weiss. Also, like Bach and Couperin, Sylvius Leopold was the most famous member of his musical clan, and during his long and distinguished career he taught a number of students who would become exceptional lutenists, Adam Falckenhagen and Johann Kropfgans among them. Following demands created by his exceptional reputation, Weiss traveled extensively before he settled at the court of Augustus the Strong in 1728; he remained there for the rest of his life. Weiss and Bach certainly met on more than one occasion as the latter visited his son Wilhelm Friedemann and also had an interest in music-making at the Saxon court. As a performer, Weiss was considered the finest of his time and many believed that his ability as a lutenist rivaled that of Bach as an organist and Scarlatti as a harpsichordist. His Berlin colleague, Ernst Gottlieb Baron, mentioned to a “Weissian Method,” probably a reference to his astounding and masterful technique, not to mention his style. Hundreds of Weiss’s works survive, chief among them six-movement sonatas or partitas that follow the accepted blueprint for the genre, i.e., Allemande, Courante, Bouree, Sarabande, Minuet, and Gigue.
Nigel North - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Lute Works & Other Transcriptions (2023)

Nigel North - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Lute Works & Other Transcriptions (2023)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 683 Mb | Total time: 02:28:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deux-Elles | # DXL1194 | Recorded: 2022

Nigel North is one of the finest lute players in our midst today, and his legendary four-CD set, ‘Bach on the Lute’ (Linn records 1994 to 1996) remains unsurpassed in its technical and musical brilliance. Now, he completes his journey with a double CD combining Bach's original 'lute works' (more likely written for Lautenwerck, or luteharpsichord), with North's own lute transcriptions of Bach's music for flute, organ, and more. This is an exquisite recording, full of space and intimacy, which makes you feel as though it is being played just for you. A must-have.

Cinematique Instruments Lute v2 KONTAKT  Software

Posted by Magictor at Aug. 13, 2022
Cinematique Instruments Lute v2 KONTAKT

Cinematique Instruments Lute v2 KONTAKT | 233.9 Mb

WARM MEDIEVAL NYLON STRINGS. This is a renaissance Lute with 8-course strings - tuned in unison. The lute is equipped with nylon strings - it is astonishing how different a lute is used in music. In the Medieval period, it was the most important instrument for secular music. But it is also used in score music, such as in the Jim Jarmusch's movie "Only Lovers Left Alive”.
Mario D'Agosto - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Music for Lute (2013) 2CDs

Mario D'Agosto - Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Music for Lute (2013) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 248 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94408 | Time: 01:46:39

No more than a handful of pieces represent the entire musical heritage for baroque lute by Johann Sebastian Bach – not a lot when we consider the enormity of the composer’s total output. Although it is not known whether Bach himself played the instrument, the seven works which are ascribable to it continue to enjoy extraordinary attention on the part of musicians due to their exceptional quality, and indeed the majority originate from the areas of Germany that were home to the lute’s greatest exponents – musicians who we can be almost certain the composer came into contact with. This recording thus presents four compositions in suite form and three pieces of a different nature, all belonging to the florid repertoire of the courtly Salonmusik that was in vogue among the German upper classes at the time. Performing them is acclaimed Italian lutenist Mario D’Agosto, whose changes in tonality aim to better serve the capacities of the instrument and whose embellishments are testament to the high level of ornamentation which played such an intrinsic role in baroque performance practice.

Sonuscore Medieval Phrases Lute & Theorbo KONTAKT  Software

Posted by Magictor at May 25, 2022
Sonuscore Medieval Phrases Lute & Theorbo KONTAKT

Sonuscore Medieval Phrases Lute & Theorbo KONTAKT | 2.1 GB

SOUNDS OF KNIGHTS AND TAVERNS. Our first phrase library focusing on plucked instruments, MEDIEVAL PHRASES LUTE & THEORBO brings you into a world of classic imagination, booming with bards and taverns, questing knights, and roving robber barons and bandits.
Yasunori Imamura - Silvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2006)

Yasunori Imamura - Silvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 74:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Claves | 50-2613 | Recorded: 2005

This attractively presented disc is not the same one recorded by Japanese-French lutenist Yasunori Imamura for the Capriccio label in 1998, even though the keys of the two lute sonatas, and the presence of a central pair of shorter works, makes the program look almost identical. Sylvius Leopold Weiss was nearly an exact contemporary of Bach's, and the notes by Beat Hänggi contend that were it not for the difficulty and obscurity of the lute, he would be nearly as well known as today. That's hard to swallow, considering the versatility of Bach's talents and the fact that Weiss occupies one small corner of the Baroque musical universe. Nevertheless, Bach is thought to have admired Weiss' playing, and may have written lute music for him. The comparison has some validity.
Galanterie, John Schneiderman - Johann Kropfgans: Lute Concerto, Sonatas & Divertimentos (2005)

Johann Kropfgans: Lute Concerto, Sonatas & Divertimentos (2005)
Galanterie: John Schneiderman, lute; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; William Skeen, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Profil | # PH 05012 | Time: 01:09:20

The lute reigned supreme as the instrument of choice throughout the Renaissance, but waned in popularity in the seventeenth century as keyboard instruments became more refined and widespread. Yet, it held its own in the Baroque era in certain regions, particularly in France, where large quantities of dance suites were written. Toward the end of the century, the lute enjoyed something of a revival as it became extremely popular in German-speaking countries, and in regions of central Europe. Today, it has found a home as a continuo instrument, often preferred to the harpsichord for its rich and gentle tone, and its warmer sound. Artists such as Stephen Stubbs, Lucas Harris, Daniel Swenberg and Michael Fields have brought the Baroque Lute into a new daylight, championing, post-Renaissance compositions and making it the continuo instrument of choice in a large body of vocal and chamber music. This disc of works by Johann Kropfgans brings the lute into prominence as a chamber music partner, and although the pieces are simple and most likely intended originally for amateurs, this fine ensemble brings the music to life with all the care and dedication that one might expect to go into a disc of Bach or Handel.

Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 18, 2023
Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)

Nigel North - John Dowland: Complete Lute Music (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:17:20 | 1,23 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.504016

Naxos has collected its four volume traversal of the lute music into a handy slipcase. All the volumes are available singly, but you can also buy the four together as a quartet of excellence, presided over by Nigel North, the acknowledged hero of the hour. What follows is a reprise of two volumes already reviewed - volumes 1 and 3 - and a look at volumes 2 and 4.