Baroque Lute | Linn BKD006

Baroque Lute


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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD006

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th August 2015



Nigel North is considered the pre-eminent lute player of his generation and this debut recording has achieved benchmark status. Originally released in 1992, 'Baroque Lute' has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

The programme opens with Weiss’ ‘L'infidèle’ Sonata, the work which inspired North to play the D minor tuned eighteenth-century lute. Weiss was undoubtedly the greatest lutenist-composer of his time, and Tombeau sur la mort de M Comte de Logy is perhaps his most well-known piece and has been widely performed.

The Prelude, Fantasia and Fugue in C major pay tribute to Weiss’ skill as an improviser and demonstrate a truly idiomatic lute style.

Transcription has long been a popular tool for both composers and performers - here both Bach and North contribute to an innovative reworking of what was originally a Vivaldi violin concerto. Bach’s Chaconne in the lute’s ‘home’ key of D minor adapts perfectly to the instrument. So successful was North’s transcription that he went on to transcribe Bach’s complete music for solo cello and violin.

Renowned as one of the world's most respected lutenists, Nigel North has developed a unique musical life embracing work as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer. With the ensemble Romanesca, North, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ), performed and recorded 17th century chamber music, winning several international awards for their recordings.

North has taught at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste, the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute in the US.

Taking his place amongst those at the forefront of period performance, North has essentially reinvented lute playing and reintroduced this great instrument to the public once more.

‘…the best recording of lute music I have had the pleasure of listening to.’ - Gramophone

‘...full of insights, always delivered in that calm, almost deliberate way of his, with a lustrous tone of great beauty.’ - Classical Guitar

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