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  • Performer: Jason Vieaux
  • Composer: Bach J. S.
  • Audio CD (Feb. 24 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Az
  • ASIN: B001OBT3HA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By GV on Jan. 16 2013
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This CD far exceeded our expectations!!!! Amazingly talented virtuoso. Technique, very well executed and clean. Will look forward to acquiring more of Mr. Vieaux's offerings.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Worldly guitarist ready for Bach March 23 2009
By Grover Moorea - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I discovered this subtle, nuanced guitarist in the moving tribute CD he did to Pat Metheny called "Images of Metheny." There was such respect in his treatment of what he felt was a 'great American songbook' that I couldn't wait to hear how he'd treat some older material. I noticed with delight that the BWV 998 Prelude, Fugue and Allegro was on this new release. That was the first thing I wanted to hear, because so many guitarists run right over the surprise cadences, trick notes, and humor that are integral to Bach's Lautenwerk pieces. As expected, Vieaux makes the most of the juicy details while still holding the architecture of the piece with all pillars intact. A necessary and fresh contribution to the guitar recording collection.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Impeccable & Thoughtful Performances Feb. 6 2010
By Tom Poore - Published on
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For guitarists, Bach is as good as it gets, and his music is a litmus test that suggests where a guitarist stands among his or her peers—indeed, among musicians in general. With this in mind, Vieaux didn’t rush into making this CD. More than once, he rescheduled recording sessions when he didn’t feel ready to meet the standard he’d set for himself.

So was it worth the wait? In a word: yes. Emphatically.

Everything about this recording conveys Vieaux’s devotion to Bach’s music. His technique is impeccable, but that doesn’t begin to describe the care he puts into making each line unfold with grace. One listens in vain for any hint of awkwardness or strain, belying the challenge of making multi-voiced music work on the guitar. Further, Vieaux isn’t afraid to sing. He’s no advocate of sterile Bach, so prevalent among many guitarists today. (Why anyone would view as a marble bust a man who fathered 20 children is beyond me.) There are personal touches. Vieaux tends to ornament by rewriting passages rather than pasting little decorative flourishes here and there. But his changes are always tasteful and reserved.

It’s also heartening to find a musician who respects the intelligence of his audience. This CD is a marvel of nuance that casual listeners might not notice, but Vieaux obviously trusts that some listeners will. For example, in the Sarabande of BWV 995 the first note is often erroneously played as an upbeat. Vieaux is one of the few guitarists I’ve heard who takes care to convey this first note as a downbeat, as Bach wrote it. A small point, but one that a keen ear will appreciate. Another subtlety is that Vieaux conceived of this recording as a continuous musical arc. He arranged the program order into a grand minor key triptych followed by a glowing major key coda. To heighten the forward momentum, the Prelude and Fugue of BWV 997 are performed attacca, as are the three movements of the BWV 998 Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro. So unlike many all-Bach recordings, this CD almost compels one to listen from beginning to end. It’s a reminder that perhaps Vieaux’s greatest strength as a musician is his sense of architecture, something seldom mentioned in reviews of his recordings.

While still young as classical musicians go, Vieaux has quietly and steadily ascended to the top of his craft. Maybe it’s time to acknowledge that we’re privileged to witness firsthand an artist whose playing will be admired long after we’re gone.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By P. Holm - Published on
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Although that is a bold statement, I personally feel it's true. The music is beautifully executed with wonderful recording quality. Jason's musicianship and abilities are very enthralling. This is my 3rd and favorite CD of Jason's. The performance inspires me to work on additional Bach pieces of my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bach for lute played with skill and sensitivity Feb. 17 2013
By Jean L. Vignes - Published on
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The Bach pieces for lute are brought to life by Jason Vieaux's considerable artistry. I would recommend this CD to any serious fan of either Bach or of the classical guitar. After listening to each piece several times I am more and more enamored.

I have had the good fortune to hear Mr. Vieaux play on a several occasions and I hope that each person reading this review will have the same pleasure. He is a mature, sensitive and skillful musician.

It is not easy to make each separate voice of a polyphonic piece sing as well as Mr. Vieaux has done on this recording -- it takes a deep and true understanding of the guitar to make something this complicated sound so effortlessly elegant. I am very impressed with his work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Jason Vieaux master of the guitar. April 6 2009
By M. Kantola - Published on
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This is a really wonderful work by Jason Vieaux. He has a real feel for the baroque period. His tone is deep and rich and really resonates with the Bach pieces. I can't wait for Vol. 2
Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1