Joachim Held

Erfreuliche Lautenlust

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Erfreuliche Lautenlust Review

by James Manheim

This "delightful lute-pleasure" (the title comes from a publication by Esaias Reusner, one of the composers represented here) offered on this album may be most delightful for lutenists and their friends, but it has charms for general listeners as well. It consists of German lute music from the late seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth, in other words, from one or two generations before the genius of the German lute tradition, Sylvius Leopold Weiss. The music here has neither the Bachian contrasts of virtuosity and polyphonic intensity found in Weiss, nor the florid decoration of the French suites on which most of these pieces were modeled. Virtuoso artistry is demanded by the passacaglia arrangements that open and close the program, one from an ensemble sonata by Muffat, and the other of a Biber violin sonata -- and virtuosity is provided in abundance by lutenist Joachim Held, a remarkably clear and arresting player. The suites of French dances that make up the bulk of the program are by composers whose names will be little known to most listeners: Reusner, Johann Losy, Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner, and perhaps Johann Jacob Weiss, father of Sylvius Leopold. The music might best be described as pleasant; it does not dazzle with complex figuration, inclining instead toward a more melodic treatment of the lute. The sound engineering does not really support Held's fine performances. The lute, recorded in a church (was that a common venue for lute performances?), is given a big, boomy sound that is at odds with the music's more intimate nature, and birdsong filters into the building periodically -- appropriate for spring, perhaps.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Joachim Held 05:37 Amazon
Suite in D Major (from Göttwieg I)
2 Joachim Held 02:44 Amazon
3 Joachim Held 03:15 Amazon
4 Joachim Held 01:50 Amazon
5 Joachim Held 02:06 Amazon
6 Joachim Held 03:32 Amazon
7 Joachim Held 01:11 Amazon
8 Joachim Held 01:05 Amazon
9 Joachim Held 01:00 Amazon
10 Joachim Held 01:09 Amazon
Suite in G Major (from Wien NB 18761)
11 Joachim Held 02:30 Amazon
12 Joachim Held 03:06 Amazon
13 Joachim Held 02:00 Amazon
14 Joachim Held 03:35 Amazon
15 Joachim Held 01:03 Amazon
16 Joachim Held 01:24 Amazon
Suite for lute in D minor
17 Joachim Held 02:11 Amazon
18 Joachim Held 04:46 Amazon
19 Joachim Held 02:13 Amazon
20 Joachim Held 01:59 Amazon
21 Joachim Held 01:39 Amazon
22 Joachim Held 01:35 Amazon
Suite for lute in F major
23 Joachim Held 03:04 Amazon
24 Joachim Held 02:34 Amazon
25 Joachim Held 02:06 Amazon
26 Joachim Held 02:02 Amazon
27 Joachim Held 01:08 Amazon
28 Joachim Held 01:09 Amazon
29 Joachim Held 01:33 Amazon
30 Joachim Held 01:58 Amazon
31 Joachim Held 05:59 Amazon
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