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Bach: Lute Works Vol 1 / Paul O'Dette

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
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Notes & Reviews:

"In this latest project, the much-admired virtuoso Paul O'Dette offers his own (quite successful!) resolutions to issues concerning Bach's intentions regarding performance--as written, most of Bach's scores are not wholly playable on the standard 18th-century 13-course lute... O'Dette has chosen thoughtful, creative solutions (opting for Hopkinson Smith's suggested A minor transposition of the G minor suite, for instance), maintaining idiomatic textures while employing fingerings that allow remarkable fluidity, continuity of contrapuntal lines, and unobtrusive register shifts... Also happily, this disc is Volume 1, so we can expect more beautiful Bach from O'Dette and his HM recording team. Bravo!" -Classics Today (10/9)

BBC Music Magazine
The pieces here are expanded arrangements, largely by Bach himself, of music for solo cello and violin... O'Dette responds magnificently, playing with a sense of total ease - fluent, expressive, sensitively balancing contrapuntal lines.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Bach never wrote directly for lute; his works for the instrument are transcriptions from his preexisting music or were written for the lute-harpsichord (Lautenwerk), an instrument designed to imitate the lute. The A minor Suite, BWV995, Pièces pour la Luth à Monsieur Schouster, is an arrangement of the Cello Suite BWV1011; the Partita in E major is an arrangement of the Partita BWV1006 for solo violin, transposed to F major. The Sonata in G minor is an arrangement by O'Dette of the Sonata in G minor for solo violin BWV1001, modelled after the arrangement of its fugue for lute by Johann Christian Weyrauch, a friend of Bach's.

A direct comparison with Hopkinson Smith's magisterial readings (Astrée) is revealing. He treats the dance in the abstract. His pulse is flexible, his expressive shading copious. O'Dette is determined to restore the dance proper. The rhythmic outlines are sharply defined by a judicious use of staccato bass notes and extensive employment of notes inégales and other Frenchstyle embellishments. That's not to say that O'Dette isn't alive to a more improvisatory quality, especially in the preludes and the Sonata in G minor. But in short, with his readings, the body dances; with Smith's, the soul. Neither approach is superior to the other - it's merely a matter of emphasis.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995
  • Running Time: 25 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a
  • Running Time: 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720