In 1994, Paul Galbraith made his first recordings on the eight string Brahms Guitar. Using his own transcriptions, he interpreted works by Brahms, Grieg, Henze, Dowland and Bach. Initially, there was no intention of releasing these recordings on CD: covering a wide repertoire, he merely wished to demonstrate the versatility of the new instrument.
The following year, in a concert at the Philadelphia Bach Festival, Galbraith interpreted his own transcriptions of the “Sonatas and Partitas” by Bach – repertoire which he would later present again at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival, in Scotland. “His Bach is deeply felt and his technique allows those feelings to come across to us with a wonderful easiness”, commented the national daily paper “The Scotsman” in its write-up about the concert.
Released in the summer of 1998 by the American label, Delos as a two-CD set, Galbraith’s recording of the “Sonatas and Partitas” by Bach also received high critical acclaim. “Magnificently played, thoughtful and majestic performances... a landmark in the history of guitar recordings”, summed-up “The Gramophone” magazine.
In the wake of the enormous repercussion this release provoked, Galbraith toured the US with the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow, besides returning to the UK for several recitals and appearing at the Dvorak Hall in Prague with the Chamber Orchestra of Chile. The album’s success culminated in its indication for a Grammy Award.