This concert was a mix of routine and brilliance. If everything had been played perfectly from the technical point of view it could had reached 7 skateboards. However some mismatches, with the orchestra totally lost, during a couple of songs blurred the final result. The nice programme notes tried to link all the pieces from a historical point of view. However, as a concert they didn’t work very well together, looking like a bad pasticcio.
Paul O’Dette forms together with Jakob Lindberg and Hopkinson Smith the first golden generation of early music lute players. This lunchtime recital at Wigmore Hall was not a generic lute greatest hits or baroque lute showcase but focused on English lute music. It was, however, rich and varied enough to please not only connoisseurs. It ranged from harpsichord adaptations (Byrd) to original lute compositions (Johnson, Dowland and Bacheler). It was also varied in forms, with the nice contrasts between pavans and galliards.