- Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93
- Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058
- Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
- Guitar Concerto, for guitar, strings & continuo in A major (arranged from Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82)
- Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Adagio
- Prelude for lute in C minor, BWV 999 (BC L171)
- Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Baroque music is a specialty of Sharon Isbin's (she studied for a decade with the pianist and Bach scholar Rosalyn Tureck), and so this disc of popular works by Vivaldi, Bach, and Albinoni is especially welcome. As anyone who has heard her many fine recordings knows, Isbin is a superb guitarist, and the many qualities one admires in her playing -- the wide range of colors, the crisp articulation, the warmth of tone, and her winning way with a melodic line -- are fully on display here. She offers transcriptions of concertos by Vivaldi and Bach, along with shorter gems, including Albinoni's famous Adagio, Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" from Cantata 147, and the beautiful Adagio from Bach's F Minor Keyboard Concerto, which features some stylish ornamentation from the guitarist. Isbin brightens her tone in the graceful fast movements, while in the slow, lyrical passages, she responds with a lighter touch and some memorably delicate and eloquent playing. Clear, full sound and sensitive support from the Zurich Chamber Orchestra complete this first-rate recording. Don't hesitate to pick it up.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
the dynamics on tracks 1 & 3 are annoying. The volume dips of these tracks sound as if the sound mixer board was turn up and down rapidly and are not the true dynamics of the orchestra. Nevertheless I enjoy this CD mainly for the added Zurich Chamber to the classical guitar playing. My favorite track is #7. Sharon's playing is quick with great tone, she improvises in certain pieces. Added with the Zurich Orch this makes the CD a must have for me. If you are technical, the dynamics are too annoying. Anyone else experience this? Comments welcome.