Bach’s music for the lute has been something of a connoisseur’s speciality, but this album could change that. Was this music even written for the lute? The question can never be answered, but hear it played on a guitar with the intelligence, fantasy, and palpable love that Shibe brings and such musicological quibbles seem impertinent. Fugues are unfolded with faultless attention to line. But more importantly, they live and breathe, and everything glows under the rich light of fresh discovery. Stunningly recorded, this collection is a memento of a young artist on a vertiginous ascent, offering music-making that is utterly riveting.
Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 (Arr. for Guitar)
Suite in C Minor, BWV 997 (Arr. for Guitar)
Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998 (Arr. for Guitar)