Lute Music for Witches and Alchemists

Lute Music for Witches and Alchemists
by Lutz Kirchhof
Sony Music Entertainment

 

I first spotted this album in a St. Louis record store, while browsing the medieval music section. The title caught my eye, but I didn’t pick it up that day. Every time I went back, I’d look at this CD and think about buying it. Now I wish I’d bought the thing the first time I saw it!

For those of you not familiar with the instrument, lute music sounds a bit like guitar or banjo, with a mellow and tangy tone. This was the favored instrument of bards for several centuries. This album is a splendid introduction to lute music, played with solemn yet sprightly grace by Lutz Kirchhof. For the connoisseur, it’s a great addition to your collection.

Lute Music for Witches and Alchemists is an exquisite collection of music that dates from about 1500 C.E. to 1787 C.E. These songs make lovely background music for rituals or other gatherings. They have a lively yet elegant pace, not too fast and not too slow. You can dance to them without tripping — or you can just sit and listen. I also find this music delightful to play while writing. Most highly recommended.

SHEELA ADRIAN

RATING: 5 Broomsticks


» Originally appeared in newWitch #02

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