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Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, September 2013

This is very civilised music, played and recorded in a beautifully civilised manner.

The performer on this CD Toyohiko Satoh has written the booklet notes in an amazingly imaginative and evocative manner.

The instrument Satoh plays is wonderfully warm…It has a wide dynamic range for its period and a deep consistency of tone that manifests itself especially in the slower movements like the Sarabande in the F sharp minor group and in the final Tombeau de Vieux Gallot Allemande. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



William Yeoman
Gramophone, September 2013

Toyohiko Satoh, the Japanese doyen of the lute, revisits the lute music of Robert De Visée to reveal a more introspective side to that composer…Satoh takes his time—lovingly, caressingly, on his 1610 Laurentius Greiff Baroque lute—over not just the tombeaus and sarabandes but even the gigues in these suites and stand-alone pieces. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



James A. Altena
Fanfare, September 2013

As one would expect, veteran baroque lutenist Toyohiko Satoh is a masterful exponent of this music, and the instrument on which he performs has a beautifully deep, rich sound. Recommend both to lute music enthusiasts, and to those seeking an aural refuge from the turmoil of daily life. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, September 2013

Toyohiko Satoh[’s]…playing is a delight—elegant, graceful, with a full and varied tone and a perfect grasp of style. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2013

Maestro Satoh performs brilliantly, his attention to detail and the beautiful sound of the lute coming through in ways that enchant.

This is one of the nicest such recordings I have yet to hear of this sort. Satoh is a master, the instrument has incredible tone and the music is quite beautiful.

Bravo! © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Lute Society of America Quarterly, December 2012

Toyohiko Satoh performs on a lute by Laurentius Greiff…The booklet provides a welcome black and white photograph of the soundboard of the lute giving an appreciation for the interesting fine crossgrain in the wood…I find it sometimes challenging to follow the overall structure and forward drive of the music with the somewhat halting, esoteric rhythmic approach in Satoh’s performance, but after repeated listenings Satoh’s interpretation gains in richness and majesty. Following the advice of tutors, iconography, and wear patterns on surviving lutes, Satoh places his hand quite close to the bridge and the resultant sound is more penetrating and startlingly bright on the gut strings. One suspects that the tension is low enough to allow the strings to vibrate freely at the bridge end. © 2012 Lute Society of America Quarterly





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