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listen  1. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: I. Prelude 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: II. Pavane ou Tombeau de Mr. Raquette 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: III. Courante et Double 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: IV. Courante 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: V. Courante et Double 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: VI. Gigue 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pieces de luth: Pieces in G Major: VII. Sarabande 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pieces de luth: Pieces in A Minor: I. Prelude 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pieces de luth: Pieces in A Minor: II. Pavane 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pieces de luth: Pieces in A Minor: III. Courante et Double 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pieces de luth: Pieces in A Minor: IV. Allemande (Tombeau de Lenclos) 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Pieces de luth: Pieces in A Minor: V. Sarabande 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Pieces de luth: Pieces in A Minor: VI. Sarabande 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Chaconne in C Major 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Pieces in F Major: I. Appolon Orateur 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pieces in F Major: II. Courante 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Pieces in F Major: III. Courante et Double 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Pieces in F Major: IV. Sarabande, Diane au Bois 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Pieces in F Major: V. Canarie 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Chaconne du Vieux Gautier in F Major (version for lute) 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Livre de tablature: Pieces in B Minor: I. Prelude 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Livre de tablature: Pieces in B Minor: II. Allemande grave, "Tombeau de Gautier par luy mesme" 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Livre de tablature: Pieces in B Minor: III. Courante 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Livre de tablature: Pieces in B Minor: IV. Courante 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Livre de tablature: Pieces in B Minor: V. Sarabande 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ramee
  • ASIN: B002N23R44
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Diehl on September 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
With all respect to 'Kidneykutter" a surgeon who is a real lute lover, supporter and a great guy, he has made a major mistake that many make: the lack of 'dance like' character is a fallacy often brought to the front by amateur performers of early music. (I agree however that the recording could be better, as it makes the playing seem less dynamic than it is.)

That is to say, by the time period in which this music was composed, people were not dancing to this music at all; the lute music especially was listening music, and the formalistic dance basis was already long evolved into something quite a bit more esoteric and less physical. True, some rhythmic dance characteristics remain, but in a highly diluted form.

Bailes has never been a very 'outspoken' performer on lute, despite his first training as jazz guitarist; but his performance here is very poetic and delicate, with great sensitivity. And as to other performances, not all of the music here is available in alternative performances to begin with. On the other extreme we have Liddell, mentioned by Kidneykutter, who makes so many accents that some pieces entirely lose any poetic reference and are grounded on the earth-the opposite extreme of Bailes or Hoppy for that matter. And as many of you reading this will know, the world of 17th century French lute music is the ultimate example of a precious world of the poetic, in musical references and aspirations, and Bailes fits the bill perfectly.

Hopefully, there will follow many more versions of these pieces by others; nonetheless, this disc is wonderful and a a must for lute music collectors everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Pizzicato on September 13, 2011
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OK. So Anthony Bailes is not the type of lutenist who wears his heart on his sleeve. But I for, one appreciate his mature yet sensitive approach to the highly nuanced repertoire of 17th century French lute music. There is something to be said for more cerebral poetry that compels one to consider a variety of meanings, as opposed to the dramatic use of more obvious and overt language and word accents that leave the reader no alternative other than the authors intended meaning. Anthony Bailes demonstrates extraordinary control over tone, rhythm and dynamics, which is especially impressive given that he plays an instrument that dates from the early 18th century and has a much longer string length than normally used for this repertoire. The notes mention in an understated way that the lute does not respond as readily as more modern instruments - it is probably a real bear to play. Bailes' evenness of tone, balance of the registers, and clarity of dynamic intent are hallmarks of a master of his instrument. While I like the music to dance a bit more, it is an historical fact that the lute was not typically used to accompany actual dances - only the occasional sarabande, as mentioned in the Burwell lute tutor (circa 1660). But he keeps a darn good beat. The only reason I didn't give the recording five stars is because I'm jealous.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edwards Johanssen on August 1, 2010
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i'm amazed at the variety of ways that 17th century french lute music is interpreted. the above reviewer has listed a few artists who have given their version to us in recordings. i can think of at least 10, and there is little similarity between them. if you are not among the very few that are intimately familiar with, and have a pre-existing opinion of how this music "should" be played, i believe you may find this disc quite beautiful. mr. bailes produces a lovely, expressive tone from his antique instrument and reveals the beauty of this magnificent yet intimate music in a unique way. personally, i feel that denis and ennemond gaultier (not to mention the other lutenist composers of the time) wrote music that can't be played well enough...period. it is greater than our idea of it. i find this disc a joy to listen to, even though as an aspiring baroque lutenist i would play some of the pieces differently. i was not let down, on the contrary, mr. bailes' sensitive, masterful playing makes for a welcome addition to the growing number of recordings of this sublime music.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kidneykutter on June 9, 2010
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French solo baroque lute music is an exercise in communication. There are great challenges for the performer to understand the meaning and intent of the lute tablature and incorporate the appropriate performance practice and it can be challenging for the listener who may not be familiar with the idiom. Great performances can bring the works alive with an intensity of emotion and rhythm. Unfortunately this recording, by a master performer, is a big disappointment. There is zero rhythmic feel to the dance movements. There is no variation in dynamics or expression. Even the sound quality is poor with too much reverb. Listen to the first chaconne; no emphasis on the strong beats no crescendo or decrescendo. Just a limp noodle. There are far superior recordings out there by artists such as Claire Antonini, Stephen Stubbs, Hoppy Smith and Cathy Liddell.
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