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Not for me May 29 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm afraid I have reservations about this disc which interfered badly with my enjoyment of it.

Good news first - Timo Korhonen is a very good guitarist and he has made very decent transcriptions here. I'm not sure they add a great deal to existing transcriptions for guitar or lute, but musically they are very pleasing and in places on the disc Korhonen shows real virtuosity in Bach's wonderful music. However, I found that there were too many moments like the opening of the Fuga from the first Sonata in which the use of rubato sounded very clumsy. At times it almost sounded like a failure of technique and that Korhonen was struggling to form the next notes. It can't have been this, of course, because his technique elsewhere is superb, but the effect is very off-putting. Tempi, too, weren't always well-judged to my ears, with the opening adagio of the third Sonata, for example, taken too quickly.

The other problem I had was with the recording which manages to be close-miked enough to pick up a lot of very distracting breathing and at the same time sound distant and dry. A warmer and fuller sound would have helped a lot, I think; here I felt rather excluded by the effect.

I'm sorry to be critical of an obviously very fine musician, but this recording really doesn't do it for me and I'll be sticking with Nigel North's brilliant versions on the lute Bach on the Lute Box Set - Nigel North.