zupfgeiger wrote:I use spotify and have probably listened to most of the lute suite albums available. Each one is different from the other, some I enjoyed, some not. But all were worth listening. Particularly Bach never gets boring, be it the lute suites or the Goldberg variations. Music is an ocean and thanks to our nowadays unlimited sources we can explore more musical experiences then ever before. Of course we need more composers for the guitar and contemporary music in the repertoire. But "modernists" cannot replace the classical composers. TMHO contemporary music for the guitar is either kitsch or avandgarde. Do you really prefer Ferneyhough's Kurze Schatten II over Bach's lute suites? I don't.
Spot on. I only have 4 dedicated lute suite CD sets (4 guitar, one lute), and also some of these works are on harpsichord and lautenwerck reconstructions. I, too, am never tired of them.
OTOH, I have 16 WTC sets and 25 Goldberg CDs—all on harpsichord. Bach is the way home
John Williams' musicianship is absolutely mainstream. His recordings and live performances
of Bach are confident, polished and engaging—exactly the kind of attention drawn by mainstream Bach performers such as Pierre Hantai, Kenneth Gilbert, and Gustav Leonhardt. Williams is in this league. I am not convinced that any others in the list are.