Music For Baroque lute. Bach, Gaultier, Kellner. Robin Thodey, lute

Music For Baroque Lute

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"Around 1660, at the height of his powers, Denis Gaultier was the most celebrated lutenist-composer in France. Later, as the lute was eclipsed in popularity by the harpsichord, then replaced by the guitar, Gaultier's name faded from history.

Today his music is rarely heard, which, to judge by the two attractive suites on this CD, is a great pity. The suites of pieces in D comes from his most famous collection, La rhetorique des Dieux (1650), and reveals his gift for gently haunting tunes, most notable here in the reflective Pavane and a brief, poignant Sarabande.

The suite in G, dating probably from the 1650s or 1660s, is no less appealing, with its rhythmically quirky Gigue and another dreamy, intricate Sarabande.

Robin thodey completes her recital with two short Fantasies by the Stockholm-based lutenist David Kellner and a fine version of the G major cello suite (BWV 1007) by his contemporary J.S. Bach, which she has transposed into C major for the lute. The disc is beautifully recorded, its intimate acoustic enhancing the restful quality of the music."

Review by BBC Music Magazine.


Track Listings

Denis Gaultier (1603 - 1672) Suite in G Major
  1. Prelude
  2. Gigue
  3. Courante I
  4. Canarie
  5. Courante II
  6. Sarabande

David Kellner (1670 - 1748)
  7. Fantasie in C Major

J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
  8. Prelude
  9. Allemande
10. Courante
11. Sarabande
12. Menuets I & II
13. Gigue

J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
14. Fantasie in A minor

Denis Gaultier (1603 - 1672) Suite in D Major
20. Like as the lute delights
21. Grief keep within
22. Drop not myne eyes
23. Have all our passions

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