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Bach Three Solo Suites

Toyohiko Satoh

Johann Sebastian Bach

SKU: 18798

Year of release: 2001

Suite In Es Dur (Original G Dur BWV 1007) 19:57
1. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 03:05
2. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 05:03
3. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 03:22
4. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 02:44
5. Menuet I & II Johann Sebastian Bach 03:46
6. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 01:54
Suite In A Moll (Original D Moll BWV 1008) 20:22
7. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 03:35
8. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 03:37
9. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 03:15
10. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 03:24
11. Menuet I & II Johann Sebastian Bach 03:19
12. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 03:10
Suite In B Dur (Original Es Dur BWV 1010) 27:04
13. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 04:25
14. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 05:19
15. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 04:00
16. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 03:44
17. Bouree I & II Johann Sebastian Bach 05:51
18. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 03:44
Total time: 67:25

About this album

Bach and the lute Johann Sebastian Bach is known to modern listeners as one of the pillars of western music. In addition to his huge numbers of vocal works (such as his Cantatas and Passions) he composed music for many different instruments. Bach is known to have been an excellent organist and harpsichord player, although he seems to have prefered the clavichord, a softer instrument whose ability to achieve vibrato and dynamic change allowed for greater musical diversity. Bach is also known to have played the viola and there is even some suggestion that he may have played the lute. In a letter of recommendation for his student Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780), Bach states that Krebs had not only studied keyboad instruments and composition with him, but also the lute. Despite this assertion, it seems somewhat doubtful whether Bach actually played the lute. In all his compositions for the lute Bach always creates problems which are technically impossible for the player without some sort of modifications. In early 8th century the Arabic lute (Ud) was introduced to Europe by the Moors in their conquest and occupation of the Iberian penninsula (todays Spain). From this beginning, the standard form of the western lute gradually emerged as the prevalent musical instrument in European culture. By the 16th century the lute was so popular that it could be said “any educated person should be able to play the lute”. Indeed even Da Vinci and Galilei played the lute well…

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American Record Guide

(...) Satohs tone is full and singing (...)

Lute Society America Quarterly

(...) Satohs approach to use an entirely gut string lute is so warm and rich, and it makes all the musical lines and phrases even more beautiful. His performance is very, very delicate. I strongly advise anyone who loves Bach on the lute to get this CD.


(...) a very convincing and competent transcription by Toyohiko Satoh himself (...) (...) The sound of the baroque lute is round and thoroughly beautiful, The exceptional quality of the sound engineering sheds just the rgiht light on Satohs soothing, clen interpretation. The music flows effortlessly, and seems as idiomatic as can be.


(...) rewarding and convincing disc, played with majestic and finely recordes sound and fluent technique ()...


Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateJanuary 2001
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks