"Hopkinson Smith, without doubt the finest lute player in the world today."
But it is Smith's mastery of early lute music, his meticulous technique, elegant phrasing, emotional involvement and engaging writing (he wrote the program notes) that inspire this: "As we grow into a repertoire and ingest its language and freedoms, a process of entering the creativity of an époque gradually takes place." True for the artist--and certainly true for the audience.
[Il] n'a rien perdu de sa souplesse (à en croire sa manière de saluer) moins encore de la délicatesse de son jeu de luthiste.
Hopkinson Smith, der wohl charismatischste Lautenist der Gegenwart
En el Segundo Encuentro de Música Antigua, el experto intérprete de laúd, uno de los más importantes de su generación, presentó un excelente programa de música isabelina que combinó virtuosismo y melancolía.
The American lutenist Hopkinson Smith was born in 1946. This beautiful album of lute works melancholy and spry was recorded in 2015 but released only now. A 70th-birthday present to himself, perhaps? Certainly the continued presence on this earth of an artist such as Smith, whose recordings over the years of the rich German, French, Italian, English and Spanish repertoire for guitar, vihuela and lute are surely one of the greatest musical ornaments of our own age, is worth celebrating.