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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    Your description of a new instrument encouraging or even compelling you to adopt a different style of performance is very compelling. I would be very interested in hearing the result if you chose to record the Partitas, English Suites, French Suites on the Lautenwerk.
    As would I. Very much so.

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    And I would like to hear some Frescobaldi, I've always thought that Vartolo' s way with the capricci makes them into instrumental madrigals, but he didn't have this amazing lute harpsichord.

    When I first heard the Goldbergs I thought of renaissance motets. One of the things that Wolfgang's recording has done is help me appreciate Gombert better!
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    I just want to say something about vocal polyphony and the lautenwerk recordings, especially the Goldbergs.

    I think that what Wolfgang is exploring reveals MORE subtle, refined, complex, dramatic, responsive, expressive relationships among the voices than you hear on most every performance of Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Marenzio etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    And I would like to hear some Frescobaldi,
    I too. But even more I would like to hear some suites and tombeaux by Froberger and Louis Couperin - not the least the latter's fis-minor pavane and unmeasured preludes. The relation of these suites to lute music is most suggestive,

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    Usually on this site one can make negative remarks about compositions or performers without worrying about offending anyone but their acolytes. Now I'm worried about any remark I might have made here about Prof. Rübsam.

    In any case, I don't think we want to turn this thread into a list of assignments for future recordings. I will be pleased with anything that comes, and I hope I the little outlays will not attract the attention of my wife.

    I've a lot on my shelves to appreciate, ranging from the organ cycle on Philips, to the recordings from Naxos on piano (which seems to have said different things to Rübsam than it did to Gould) and the wonderful new recordings on Lautewerk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    Usually on this site one can make negative remarks about compositions or performers without worrying about offending anyone but their acolytes. Now I'm worried about any remark I might have made here about Prof. Rübsam.
    One never knows who's reading what. That's why I never write anything that I wouldn't say directly to the subject of my comment, or to my mother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    Usually on this site one can make negative remarks about compositions or performers without worrying about offending anyone but their acolytes. Now I'm worried about any remark I might have made here about Prof. Rübsam.

    In any case, I don't think we want to turn this thread into a list of assignments for future recordings. I will be pleased with anything that comes, and I hope I the little outlays will not attract the attention of my wife.

    I've a lot on my shelves to appreciate, ranging from the organ cycle on Philips, to the recordings from Naxos on piano (which seems to have said different things to Rübsam than it did to Gould) and the wonderful new recordings on Lautewerk!
    Musical performance Art should never stand still. Tastes change over time as well. Wisdom of historically correct performance practices will never end with new discoveries and awarenesses. And, with time moving on, our past observations become often questionable. Nothing wrong with such since we all move on in musical awarenesses.

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    I just listened, via Spotify, to an excellent and imaginative recording by Cedric Pescia. It's a pity, though, that he observes none of the repeats.

    I see that he's recently recorded the WTC, which I've preordered.

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    My current favorites are some pretty wacky arrangements:

    for 5 recorders. (Seldom Sene Recorder Quintet on Brilliant Classics).:
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    for Saxophone Quartet. (The Danish Saxophone Quartet on Kontrapunkt):
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    Not sure these are going to be favorite - but here are some more/new chamber arrangements of the Goldbergs:

    For septet on Sony:

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    For chamber orchestra on the Norwegian label Simax:

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