Bach on the Rauwolf Lute
Unlike his other instrumental music, Bach never organized his lute works into a coherent collection. They were probably something of a sideline, and many were reworkings of existing pieces. This gives Jakob Lindberg the green light to make his own arrangements and, apart from a French-style prelude and a suite of movements in F major, that’s what we have here. It’s a revelation. The great D minor “Chaconne” arranged from the work for violin solo gains emotional sweep and majesty in Lindberg’s hands, becoming a tactile tour de force. The “Prélude” from the Suite in E Major sparkles with virtuoso brilliance while the Prelude in C Minor that opens this album ripples seductively. The ring of authenticity comes from the instrument itself: the oldest lute in playable condition made around 1590 and updated during Bach’s lifetime. Its pure singing voice and glorious resonance inform every note of this sublime music-making.