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While lutenists have for a long time performed arrangements of Bach’s music, owing to the paucity of original material for their instrument, here Joachim Held sticks to those works which he believes to have been conceived specially for the lute. This means that we get to hear music perhaps more familiar on the violin – the Suite in E major BWV1006a being a version of the third Partita for solo violin – but also two less well-known works, the Suite in G major BWV995 and the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major BWV998. The performances are consistently excellent and this must be easily one of the best of its kind available now. Everything in Held’s playing is exquisitely placed, added to which the recording quality is excellent.

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