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Thomas Dunford continues to expand his discography on Alpha with a programme of solo lute works by J.S. Bach, recorded in the ideal surroundings of the Salle de Musique of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. He performs an original composition by Bach for lute, the Suite in G minor BWV 995, as well as his own arrangements of the (Cello) Suite BWV 1007 and the famous Chaconne from the Partita BWV 1004 – the latter piece has a notorious reputation for being (virtually) unplayable, at least on the violin!
"Alpha Performances rich in elegance and personality are wrapped in an acoustic of calming warmth, all of which makes for a wonderful journey through these Bach arrangements."
"In both suites he communicates with assurance the sequence of dances which follow the preludes though, partly no doubt through force of habit, I found myself every now and again yearning for the noble and more sustained gestures afforded by bowed strings…He paces the music eloquently, accommodating moments of reflection with others of exuberance."
BBC Music Magazine
"Dunford making every single line sing."
"Thomas Dunford might well be the most compelling lutenist on the block at the moment, meaning that I’d been hoping for quite some time that he’d eventually release a solo album. So it’s a wonderful thing to have found that this one thoroughly meets all previous hopes and expectations."
DCS - Charlotte Gardener