13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

J.S. Bach adored the lute so much, he arranged one of his greatest works, Cello Suite No. 5, for the instrument. The lute provided a larger harmonic canvas for him to enrich harmonies that had only been suggested in the cello original. The result was, in effect, an entirely new work. Thomas Dunford follows in Bach’s footsteps to complement this work, arranging Cello Suite No. 1 and the masterly, epic solo violin Chaconne for lute—and doing so with something of the great composer’s skill and imagination. And he plays with a natural, lithe grace, each note and chord stunningly articulated, all captured in warm, intimate sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

J.S. Bach adored the lute so much, he arranged one of his greatest works, Cello Suite No. 5, for the instrument. The lute provided a larger harmonic canvas for him to enrich harmonies that had only been suggested in the cello original. The result was, in effect, an entirely new work. Thomas Dunford follows in Bach’s footsteps to complement this work, arranging Cello Suite No. 1 and the masterly, epic solo violin Chaconne for lute—and doing so with something of the great composer’s skill and imagination. And he plays with a natural, lithe grace, each note and chord stunningly articulated, all captured in warm, intimate sound.

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About Thomas Dunford

Thomas Dunford began studying the lute at age 9. He was enrolled in the class of Charles-Edouard at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where he won first prize with honors in 2006. He continued his studies with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. He has performed internationally as a soloist and as a chamber musician, frequently appearing with modern chamber orchestras and period ensembles across Europe and in Asia. He regularly plays with Ensemble Marsyas in classical and jazz works, and he has recorded with Monica Huggett, Andrea Benedetti, Jean-Michel Fumas and the Eliza Consort, La Sainte Folie Fantastique, La Cappella Mediterranea, Ensemble Clématis, La Serenissima, Capricio Stravagante, Arcangelo, and Pygmalion.

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