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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, May 2014

…a total winner…

If you have any interest in baroque lute music, you’ve probably already added this to your wish-list. If not, do it now. What more can you ask: the combination of Jakob Lindberg, 81 minutes of playing time and a rare 1590 instrument; not to mention the superbly atmospheric SACD sound—Robert von Bahr must have a very nice house.

If you have already purchased this disc, what can I say except that you have good taste. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Anna Picard
BBC Music Magazine, April 2014

The sound of Jakob Lindberg’s lute, made by Sixtus Rauwolf in the last decade of the 16th century, is unusually warm…In a meticulously voiced recital that moves between court, theatre and tavern, from music of great sophistication to music of extraordinary bluntness, Lindberg conjures an age that was as perilous as it was rich in musical invention. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

William Yeoman
Gramophone, April 2014

Under Lindberg’s fingers, and on his beloved Sixtus Rauwolf lute (c1590), even the relatively straightforward anonymous Scottish pieces included here are imbued with the same affecting lyricism he lavishes on the works of those composers mentioned above and others. His performance of Johnson’s late (and lengthy) F minor Pavan is especially good, making a virtue of the lute’s narrow dynamic range and relatively rapid decay of each note to create exquisite rivulets of feeling from every phrase. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

James Manheim, February 2014

This selection of English lute music stands out from the common run by virtue of a couple of features. First is the unusual lute played by Swedish performer Jakob Lindberg…Its gut strings do not produce the sweetest lute sound you’ve ever heard, but the sound has both character and variety. The second distinctive feature is the closely focused repertory, narrowed down to the Jacobean era at the beginning of the 17th century… is unusually intimate and dense. For lute music this is a demanding hour-and-a-third of listening…and Lindberg’s energy and precision do not flag. © 2014 Read complete review

John Miller, January 2014

Lindberg’s command of the instrument is remarkable; polyphonic melodies married to counter-melodies emerge naturally, as if played with several hands. As well as exploiting the lute’s rich lyric qualities, he displays crisp and clear articulation in the characteristic lutenist’s “divisions”, where ornamental speeding up of tunes becomes a torrent of notes, challenging the player’s skill in producing clear articulation. Inward communing fantasias and preludes or outgoing lilting dances with simple tunes are communicated with equal grace and satisfying amusement.

The BIS engineers have placed Lindberg quite close (the lute is notably a quiet instrument) in the von Bahr Studio, Svinnege, Sweden, so that it sounds he is with you in person, seated just behind your front speakers. Multichannel strengthens the acoustical patina of the studio and adds to the sense of presence. The array of subtle timbres issuing from strings and soundboard is recorded with fascinating detail.

Once more the effect of recording a single instrument in SA-CD is demonstrated triumphantly by this album, which, given the prestige of such artistry from Lindberg, is quite self-recommending. Bravo to all concerned. © 2014 Read complete review

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