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Christopher Wilke has drawn together a fascinating programme from what might be thought of as the twilight of the lute in the mid-eighteenth century. Original lute compositions sit alongside skilful arrangements of keyboard works by Hasse and Haydn, and Wilke’s notes outline clearly the changing perception of the lute in this period. His rich 13-course Grant Tomlinson instrument is rather closely and sonorously recorded, but since Wilke’s playing is superb, both expressively and technically, this is much more often than not no bad thing at all. This delightful album is all the more remarkable for Wilke having carried out all the fundraising, recording, editing and production duties himself – and so comes even more highly recommended.

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