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The Lute Music of J.S. Bach - Vol. 2


The Lute Music of J.S. Bach - Vol. 2

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"Partita in E major (BWV 1006a)"
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Eduardo Egüez - Lute [ Bio ]

After all this time, MA finally announces the release of the second volume of J. S. Bach lute music performed by Eduardo Egüez on the Baroque Lute. For those who have heard volume one, there should be no need to convince of the magical musicality of Snr. Egüez. It is truely our honor to be able to produce his recordings on the MA label and have as many people as possible hear his uniquely sensitive interpretations.

Partita in E major; BWV 1006a (transcription in F major)
1. Prelude 2. Loure 3. Gavotte en Rondeau 4. Menuette I
5. Menuette II 6. Bourée 7. Gigue
Sonata in G minor; BWV 1001
8. Adagio 9. Fuga (BWV 1000) 10. Siciliana 11. Presto
Suite in G Major; BWV 1007 (transcription in E flat major)
12. Prelude 13. Allemande 14. Courante 15. Sarabande
16. Menuette I 17. Menuette II 18. Gigue
19. Prelude in C minor BWV 999

While the recording venue for this second volume was the same as the first, the beautiful church at the Convento dell'Annunziata in Rovato, Brescia, Italia, there is one major difference: actually improved sonics in the recording quality. Volume 2 was recorded with MA's own custom made, line level, 18 volt DC powered microphones with Bruel and Kjær capsules (the same capsules as found on the well known 4003 and 4006 series microphones from Denmark). The sound is even more vivid than on volume one (recorded with the Bruel and Kjær high voltage 4003 mics) as the amplification circuitry for the capsules is located immediately behind them in the body of the microphone, allowing for an incredibly fast transient response and extremely low noise.

The instrument used on volume 2 was made by the late Robert Lundberg in 1992. The recording was archived digitially at 96 kHz and downsampled using DCS equipment from England, in conjuction with the Cronus Rubidium Atomic Clock made by Timelord in Tokyo, Japan.

Special thanks go Junichi Yonetani, and of course to Snr. Marco Mencoboni, keyboardist extraodinaire, of E Lucevan le Stelle records, who participated in the project as musical director. For more information on Marco and his own label, please visit There you will also find Eduardo Egüez first solo recording of Leopold Weiss lute music. It is highly recommended as is the rest of the label, which was initially founded by Marco to present the music of the Marches region of Italia, the area from whence the Mencoboni family hails. One thing about the site is that it may only be in Italian. It was the last time we checked. In any case, the music, and sound, is first rate.......

Finally, we present here the liner notes in English from
The Lute Music of J. S. Bach, Volume 2
with Eduardo Egüez on the Baroque Lute:

The practice of transcription or adaptation of the same musical piece to one or more instruments was very frequent in J. S. Bach's times.

One typical manner of this procedure goes back to the Renaissance when the famous chanson or madrigali were played on any kind of instrument and in most cases ornamented by themselves.

The lute has been the main character in this process, almost throughout its existence in Europe. Practically all vihuela players belonging to the Spanish gold century (Narvaez, Fuenllana, Mudarra, and so on) intabulated the "great hits" of their time (Mille Regretz, Con que la lavaré, Gombert's Mottetti, Villancicos of Guerrero, and so on), while in Italy the lute players (Molinaro, Terzi, Bossiniensis, Da Milano, Spinacino, and so on) did the same with canzoni francese, frottole, Italian madrigals and other genre (Susanne un jour, Frais & gaillard, Vestiva i colli, Liquide Perle, Mottetti of Josquin des Prés, and so on). In Belgium, Pierre Phalèse; in France, Albert de Rippe, Le Roy, Bésard. This tradition was continued not only on the lute but also the guitar and theorbo as well, with renowned composers such as Robert de Visée, Santiago de Murcia, Johann Adolf Hasse and Joachim Bernhard Hagen, to name only a few.

This "art of intabulating", or expressing a special musical piece with a plucked string instrument, was put into practice in many different ways. Some, real re-creations of the original (Cancion del Emperador, tablature for vihuela by Luys de Narvaez over Mille Regretz by Josquin des Prés), others, more "literal" adaptations or transcriptions that tended to "transcribe" all the notes from the original to tablature, even when in practice, performance was nearly impossible (for example, the intabulated masses by the vihuela players), resulting in something more like theoretical music.

Being an heir of all this tradition, the skilled lute player of the XVIII century knew how to "interpret" both his music and somebody else's. He knew how to adapt another composer's piece to his instrument, offering alternative or equivalent solutions to transcription problems. In other words, he knew how to mediate or "negotiate" (interpret: in latin inter-pres; pretium "price") with the art meanings of his time and its multiple translations.

Many of J. S. Bach's pieces were "interpreted", both by Bach himself and other musicians as well. The small corpus commonly considered as "Bach's" repertoire for lute is an excellent example of this practice, of a rather relative nature due to the fact that very little information from that period has reached our hands. According to Wolfgang Schmieder's classification for the Bach Werke Verzeichnis (BWV), this has been catalogued with the numbers BWV 995, BWV 996, BWV 997, BWV 998, BWV 999, BWV 1000, and BWV 1006a.

Let us see very briefly what each one is about: BWV 995: the two sources of this piece which have been preserved up to now are extremely important. One is an autograph of J. S. Bach's, dedicated to a Monsieur Schouster, the other a French tablature, today commonly attributed to the lute player Adam Falkenhagen, Bach's contemporary. The fact that both have the g minor key in common leads us to think that the tablature is a transcription of the autograph for lute and not the fifth suite for cello BWV 1011, the same music, originally in D minor. The tablature does not literally follow the original by Bach. For technical problems related to the transcription, the author gives instrumental solutions (change of register, ornamentation and chromatic changes) to achieve the equivalent "meaning" proposed by the autograph. The latter, by itself, is a perfect elaboration of the previously mentioned suite for cello in excordatura, perfectly played on a lute with the accord nouveau (tuning in d minor, generally used by the lute players who knew J. S. Bach) which has a low G.

BWV 996: of the three known sources, the most important one is the handwritten copy made by Johann Gottfried Walther. It reads: "Praeludio-con la Suite da Gio: Bast. Bach", while another one (presumably by Johann Tobias Krebs) reads: "aufs Lautenwerck". The Lautenwerk, a keyboard instrument of which J. S. Bach was one of the principal mentors of its creation, had gut strings, thus likely giving origin to the name of the instrument. The suite with the movements Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourée and Giga, functions perfectly well on a keyboard instrument, while on the other hand, performance on the lute is somewhat more forbidding. The extension of register and density of counterpoint in some way exceed the adaptation possibilities of the piece to any type of lute (at least those currently known) leaving the "interpreter"or transcriber with a rather complex situation, since this means re-elaborating the suite.

BWV 997: Of the score of sources that are presently available, only one is related to the lute through a french tablature made by Johann Christian Weyrauch. The others meant for keyboard instruments, were copied between the XVIII and XIX century. Among them, the most representative would probably be those made by Johann Friedrich Agricola and Johann Philipp Kirnberger, due to their closeness to the Kantor. The tablature, conceived for the lute with an accord nouveau tuning, preserves the d minor key. This in itself allows the polyphony to express itself clearly and transparently, but it obliges the transcriber to use very high instrument positions and to alter the bass line, modifying the smoothness achieved by the original keyboard version. Most likely, for these reasons, Weyrauch opted to transcribe only the prelude, the sarabande and the giga excluding the chromatic fugue and the double of the giga.

BWV 998: "Prelude pour la Luth. ò Cembal" is the only autograph which proves the existence of this piece. The peculiar "suite" of its movements (prelude, fugue and allegro) support the different types of theories, among them the one of an incomplete suite (allegro=courante). As with BWV 997, the extension of register and the original E flat major key don't favour the use of the accord nouveau, but unlike BWV 996, its performance may be fluid enough in another key or with a transposing instrument.

BWV 999: There is also one source for this small prelude, copied by Johann Peter Kellner, originally in d minor. Its title "Praelude in C mol. Pour La Lute" relates this piece to the lute without making reference to any other instrument. Nevertheless, this fact is not enough to suppose that this piece was conceived exclusively for the lute, considering the great amount of originals scores that got lost or burnt in the fire at the Weimar library. A hundred years later, for example, Friederich Conrad Griepenkerl includes it in his edition of pieces for klavier by J. S. Bach as the third prelude of the "12 small preludes for learners". The piece is perfectly compatible with the accord nouveau.

BWV 1000: Refers to the fugue which belongs to the sonata for solo violin BWV 1001, adapted by Johann Sebastian Bach for organ as well (BWV 539). The main source, "Fuga del Signore Bach", is a french tablature attributed to Johann Christinan Weyrauch together with a two stave transcription made by Karl Ferdinand Becker. Another secondary source is a copy of the transcription. The tablature version differs significantly from the original for violin especially at the beginning of the fugue, in the way in which it presents the entries of the piece.

BWV 1006a: Three sources of this piece are known, the most important being an autograph. It refers to a parallel of the Partita BWV 1006 original for solo violin and the fact that the manuscript is not dedicated to any instrument in particular leads to various speculations, among them that it had been conceived for the lute, harp or keyboard (the original itself has the title added in the XIX century: "Suite pour le clavecin composé par Jean Sebast. Bach. Original"). The prelude, in turn, was used by Bach in an orchestral version as a symphony in the cantatas BWV 29 and BWV 120th. The key of the autograph, E major, does not appear to be meant for the accord nouveau due to the complexity that accord nouveau tuning would imply to the adaptation of the complete piece. Possible solutions might instead be found from transpositions or transposing instruments.

From the list here described the following can be summed up:

-BWV 995, BWV 998 & BWV 1006a are autographs by J. S. Bach, of which 995 and 1006a have correspective versions for solo cello and solo violin, while #998 is also playable on the harpsichord.

-BWV 999 is not an autograph, the copy is destined to the lute and perfectly compatible with a lute tuned with the accord nouveau.

-BWV 997 and BWV 1000 are only related to the lute through the tablatures of the time.

-BWV 996 only has the root of the word "Lautenwerk" in common with the lute.

These deductions make us think of a virtual character repertoire in constant evolution, rather than that in a Bach- like lute corps. This repertoire constituted any piece that could be "interpreted" by the lutenist, achieving a similar or equivalent musicaly meaning. A meaning in close tune with the rhetoric of the piece and its polyphonic complexity, with its register, its key and with the thorough-bass or "Regole di Contrappunto" (as called in Italy). With the Stile Antico, if we refer to Bach. A task which is not immediate but possible.

Interpreting, transcribing, adapting, translating. For the XVIII Century lute player, a routine. For the lute player of today, a challenge.

- Eduardo Egüez, December 2001

Eduardo Egüez Biography


1959, Buenos Aires.


-Miguel Angel Girollet (guitar).

-Eduardo Fernandez (guitar).

-School of Arts and musical Sciences of the Catholic University of Argentina (composition).

-Hopkinson Smith, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (lute diploma,1995).

Currently one of the principal representatives of the new generation of lute players.

Has given numerous concerts as a soloist in Austria, Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Uruguay, etc with excellent reviews from knowledgable critics and a warm reception by the public.

Has been awarded several prizes in important international contests such as "Promociones Musicales" (Buenos Aires, 1984), "Circulo Guitarristico Argentino" (Buenos Aires, 1984), "28° Concours International de Guitare" (Radio France, Paris, 1986), "V Concurso Internacional de Guitarra" (Madrid, 1989).

As a teacher, E. Egüez has conducted important seminars such as:

? "Camping Musical Bariloche", Argentina.
? Catholic University of Argentina.
? Catholic University of Chile.
? "Instituto para las Artes", Uruguay.
? "Instituto para las Artes", Uruguay.
? "Musikhochschule Wuppertal", Germany.
? "Conservatoire Populaire de Musique", Genève.
? "Fundacion La Caixa", Murcia, Spain
? "Conservatorio di Musica V. Bellini", Palermo, Italy.
? "Fondation Royaumont" , France
? "Académie Baroque Européenne d?Ambronay", France

He teaches lute and continuo at the Zürich Conservatory.

After graduating in Switzerland he moved to Italy, expanding his expertise into the field of early music. Congruently, his current performances are oriented towards characteristic repertoires of major instruments such as the baroque lute, the theorbo, the vihuela and the baroque guitar.

Activities include performances as a soloist and as a continuo player of many ensembles and singers. Among them are "ELYMA" (Gabriel Garrido), "LABYRINTO" (Paolo Pandolfo), "HESPERION XXI", "LA CAPELLA REIAL DE CATALUNYA" (Jordi Savall), "THE RARE FRUITS COUNCIL" (Manfred Krämer), "ENSEMBLE BAROQUE DE LIMOGES" (Cristophe Coin), "ARMONICO TRIBUTO AUSTRIA" (Lorenz Dufschmidt), "LA GRANDE ECURIE ET LA CHAMBRE DU ROI" (Jean Claude Malgoire), "SACRO E PROFANO" (Marco Mencoboni), "AURORA" (Enrico Gatti), Emma Kirkby, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Victor Torres, Rolf Lislevand, Eugène Ferrè, etc.

He has been working for more than 20 CD recordings for the following labels:

"Astrée Auvidis", "Arcana", "Glossa", "K617", "Symphonia", "E Lucevan le Stelle", "Stradivarius", "MA Recordings".


As a Soloist:

? "Tombeau" Works of Sylvius Leopold WEISS (Baroque lute) (1999)
? "Musica a Palazzo Ducale" (Theorbo, Intavolatura of "Le ombre crudeli e sorde") (1997)

? "Works of J.S. Bach" Vol 1. (Baroque lutes) (2000)

As a Continuo player:


"Libro Quarto D'Intavolatura di Chitarrone" (Roma 1640) Johannes Hieronymus KAPSBERGER (Lislevand, Egüez, Feehan, Morini, Duftschmid, Estevan) (1993)

? "The Complete Works for Lute" Antonio VIVALDI (Lislevand, Egüez, Kraemer, Valetti, Taubl, Posvanecz, Johnson, Duftschmid, Maté, Pornon, Feehan,Morini) (1996)
? "Encuentro" SANZ & SANTA CRUZ (Lislevand, Egüez, Pornon, Gonzalez Campa) (1997)
? "Saldivar Codex IV" Santiago de MURCIA (Lislevand, Pornon, Estevan, Claude, Morini, Egüez) (2000)


"Viento es la Dicha de Amor" Jose DE NEBRA (Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Cristophe Coin) (1996)

K617 (France) "Les Chemins du Baroque"

"Zipoli à Chiquitos" (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1993)

? "Zipoli l'Européen" (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1993)
? "L'Or & l'Argent du Haut-Pérou" Juan de ARAUJO (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1994)
? "La Dafne" Marco DA GAGLIANO (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1995)
? "Musique Baroque à la Royale Audience de Charcas" ARAUJO, CERUTI, TARDIO Y GUZMAN, DURAN DE LA MOTA, etc, (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1996)
? "San Ignacio, L'Opéra perdu des Missions Jésuites de l'Amazonie" ZIPOLI, SCHMID (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1996)
? "L'Orfeo" Claudio MONTEVERDI (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1996)
? "La Gerusalemme Liberata" MONTEVERDI, VINCI, D'INDIA, etc. (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1997)
? "Le Ballet Comique de la Royne" Baltazar de Beaujoyeulx (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1997)
? "Visperas", A.Ceruti (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1998)
? "Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria", C. Monteverdi (EnsembleELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1998)
? "Villancicos de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz" ARAUJO, MESA, GUZMAN, DE LA MOTA, etc (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1999)
? "Vespro della Beata Vergine" Claudio MONTEVERDI (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1999)
? "La Púrpura de la Rosa" Torrejón y Velazco (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (1999)
? "L?Incoronazione di Poppea" Claudio MONTEVERDI (Ensemble ELYMA, Gabriel Garrido) (2000)

GLOSSA (Spain)
? "Pieces de Viole avec la Basse Continue" Antoine FORQUERAY (Pandolfo, Egüez, Balestracci, Lislevand, Morini) (1995)
? The Spirit of Gambo" Tobias HUME (Kirkby, Pandolfo, Egüez, Balestracci, Quintana, Fresno) (1996)

ARCANA (France)
? "TELEMANN, Viola da Gamba" (ARMONICO TRIBUTO AUSTRIA, Lorenz Duftschmid) (1997)

? "Musica a Palazzo Ducale" (SACRO E PROFANO, Marco Mencoboni) (1997)
? "Bartolomeo BARBARINO" (SACRO E PROFANO, Marco Mencoboni) (1998)

? "Le Lacrime di David sparse nel Miserere" Biaggio MARINI (Gli Erranti, Casari) (1998)

? "Opere di Arcangello Corelli per Viola da Gamba" (Balestracci) (1998)



In our efforts to make for a more colorful sonic and musical experience, MA Recordings introduces the "Emerald Audiophile Series". It is well known among concerned audiophiles that light refractions of the optical laser thru the polycarbonate universally used in compact discs can make for a less than accurate reading of the digital musical content.

MA's "Emerald Audiophile Series" discs are actually made with a dark green polycarbonate, to help alleviate the potential problems associated with internal light refraction and enable a more accurate reading of the digital data from the optical disc, delivering the music with more finesse, and ultimately the original intention of the performer(s) and producer.

For an enhanced musical experience, MA invites you to audition our "Emerald Audiophile Series"

The following titles are immediately (and exclusively) available in this new format:

M072A: "Tonos y Tonadas" by La Chimera

M053A: "The Lute Music of J. S. Bach - volume one" performed by Eduardo Egüez

M054A: "The Lute Music of J. S. Bach - volume two" performed by Eduardo Egüez

M014A: "Songs From Within" by Sheila Jordan & Harvie Swartz

* Until further notice, as we gradually switch to this new color format, titles available in our "Emerald Audiophile Series" will no longer be available in clear polycarbonate. To reflect additional costs in producing these discs, an increase of $1.00 per disc on the MA site goes into effect immediately.

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