Toyohiko Satoh, Laute: The lute music of German Esaias Reusner (1639-1679): Zen & Baroque Music
This new solo album of world-renowned Japanese lute master Toyohiko Satoh (佐藤豊彦) features music by the German baroque composer and lutenist Esaias Reusner (1639-1679), who published two volumes of compositions for solo lute. The pieces of this CD are taken from “Neue Lautenfrüchte”.
Reusner’s style is as interesting as it is special and unusual, compared to works of his contemporaries. His pieces are mostly short, sober and pragmatic, showing a very clear and unostentatious attitude.
Toyohiko Satoh links this approach to the eastern idea of meditation and appreciation of imperfection (Wabi-Sabi). He delivers an outstanding interpretation far from trying to be virtuosic or impressive, but instead staying totally true to himself, letting the music unfold by itself. Reusner’s music becomes a quiet musical meditation that transcends time and space.
Here you can read a blog article by producer Jonas Niederstadt about the recording of this CD:
"There can be little doubt that Satoh and Reusner are a winning team, the soothing and understated voice of what Satoh playfully terms ‘my ancient Greiff lute’ proving a subtly compelling vehicle for what emerges as a gently persuasive musical offering. [...]
In drawing a distinction between Bach as ‘an extremely gifted composer’ and Reusner as ‘just a lutenist’, Satoh is perhaps stating the obvious, but his generosity towards the more humble figure of Reusner is what brings this music to life. Despite a plentiful but never excessive dose of ornamentation, the transparency of Reusner’s language is respected and retained throughout. Perhaps the prevailing quality of Satoh’s interpretations is their ever-present sense of space. Every note is allowed to breathe, to an extent that the listener is not only conscious of where it starts, but also where it stops."
P. Fowles, Lute news 120, Dec. 2016