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Smith returns to the masterpieces of Bach and records the renowned Suites BWV 1007, 1008 and 1009, transcribed by himself to the German theorbo. Along with this recording, Naive is releasing a re- issue of Smith's famous recordings of Suites BWV 1010, BWV 1011 and BWV 1012. Hopkinson Smith is now the only musician to have recorded all of Bach's works that can be performed on a lute or on similar instruments. In early 2013 Hopkinson Smith will tour America and Europe exclusively with the program of the new releases.

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The demands Bach places on his performers are daunting, but Mr. Smith draws us completely into the music in a way that transcends technical consideration. --Howard Kadis, LSA Quarterly

Product Details

  • Performer: Hopkinson Smith
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B008R5OK9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is unquestionably a five-star disc and very warmly recommended.
Sid Nuncius
He adds sweetness and refinement throughout the interpretations, making them rich and well thought out, as friendly to the ear as they are to the mind.
John J. Puccio
Relaxing, beautiful, and wonderfully played, the lute is amazing in the hands of Hopkinson Smith.
Sidd Jones

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 9, 2013
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This disc contains Hopkinson Smith's own transcriptions of the first three of Bach's Cell Suites, played on the German theorbo. Smith explains in his excellent notes that this is a theorbo (a larger cousin of the lute) with double courses on the bass strings, giving a deep, resonant sound. It is a lovely disc.

Hopkinson Smith is a master of the whole lute family and has been at the forefront of its music for decades. This is well up to his normal excellent standard. The transcriptions themselves are very good, adding harmonies to the lines sparingly and choosing to play just the single cello line quite often. I found this a very effective approach and Bach's music shines through the whole of the recording. Smith's playing is, of course, superb. It is quietly virtuosic, sounding wholly unforced and natural, and brings a sweet, almost guitar-like quality from his instrument. The sound of the theorbo is lovely but I have to say that I didn't find it especially deep or resonant - there is a somewhat deeper and richer sound on Pascal Monteilhet's theorbo recording Bach/De Visée: Suites for Theorbo and Nigel North produces almost as rich a sound on the lute Bach on the Lute. (This isn't a complaint, just an observation after the German theorbo's sound was such an important part of the decision to record these pieces.)

You can't go wrong with this disc of beautiful music played by an absolute master. I think I still marginally prefer North and Monteilhet's versions, but it's just tiny things like their slightly more restrained use of rubato and that's purely a matter of personal taste. This is unquestionably a five-star disc and very warmly recommended. It's excellent.
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First, I must admit that I have a strange quirk: I'm not particularly attracted to the sound of plucked instruments -- guitars, lutes, harps -- but for some reason, which I think I can discern, this album of the first three Bach lute suites (so often played nowadays by cellists) attracts me like just about no other plucked-instrument album I've ever heard. Needless to say, Hopkinson Smith is a master of his craft and art; it's hard to imagine anyone doing a better job of playing this music. But perhaps the main reason I am drawn to this performance is that it is played on the theorbo, and particularly, as on this disc, the German theorbo with its thirteen (or sometimes more) courses of strings, the lower-toned of which are double-strung, that is to say, tuned in octaves. The German instrument differs from the more common French/Italian lute (sometimes called the chitarrone) in that those double strung courses give the instrument's lower tones a nobler, richer sound. And this is what particularly appeals to me.

All that said, one needn't say too much about the thrice-familiar Bach lute/cello suites. They are among the glories of music. Hopkinson Smith gives them a a fittingly glorious reading, intimate and emotionally expressive. There is little indication of the effort of playing them, which is so common for cellists who have to play lots of awkward double-stops, and so the music flows seemingly effortlessly and mellifluously.

This CD, and its companion of Suites 4-6, are a treasure.

Scott Morrison
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Wolff on September 6, 2013
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I bought both of these CDs hoping that they were Bach's Lute Suites, but they are actually Cello suites adapted to the Lute. This does not mean that they are not beautiful; just not as expected. Great CDs for some lovely, relaxing music. I gave four stars because the recording could probably have been better, but the performance is exemplary.
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The theorbo, if you're not sure, is a now-obsolete bass lute with two sets of strings attached to separate peg boxes, one above the other, on the neck. The biggest difference between the theorbo and the cello, of course, is that as one would do with any lute, one plucks the theorbo rather than using a bow. Think, then, of the cello suites on guitar, if it helps.

Smith performs the suites gently, with conviction and ease, creating from them easy-flowing renditions. He adds sweetness and refinement throughout the interpretations, making them rich and well thought out, as friendly to the ear as they are to the mind. The sound is warm yet well defined, with a good, natural, ambient bloom on the instrument.

John J. Puccio
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Hopkinson Smith - Bach Suites no.s 1, 2 & 3 - Naïve

The new recording by the great virtuoso Hopkinson Smith continues his exploration of Bach's music for solo instruments, in this case Suites no.s 1, 2 & 3 for unaccompanied cello. As with his previous, critically acclaimed recordings of Bach's sonatas and partitas for violin and the cello suites no.s 4, 5 & 6, Mr. Smith has transcribed this group for the lute. In so doing (as he states in the liner notes) his intention is "...to approach `what Bach himself might have done'". Since Bach did, in fact, adapt some of his own work for the lute, Mr. Smith's excellent transcriptions can be thought of as an imaginative continuation of established musical practice first begun by the composer.
Among the many highlights of Mr. Smith's performance, perhaps his most intriguing is his choice of instruments; what he calls the "German theorbo" is a large bodied lute of 13 or 14 strings, originally developed by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, famous Baroque lutenist and musical colleague of Bach, for use with orchestras. The additional range and depth of this particular instrument so perfectly matches the tonal requirements of music written for the cello that the often glaring differences in sound quality between bowed and plucked strings nearly disappears.
This is timeless music, brilliantly performed by an internationally acknowledged virtuoso, and recorded with state of the art clarity and precision. If you only buy 4 or 5 classical CDs this year, "Bach Suites no.s 1, 2, & 3" by Hopkinson Smith should be at the top of your list.

Highest Possible Recommendation 10 out of 10
Oscar O. Veterano
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