In Bach’s time, the lautenwreck, or lute-harpsichord, was a very popular instrument. It has a much more mellow sound than a modern harpsichord and Bach himself was quite fond of the instrument. John Paul has made numerous recordings with the lautenwerk and hearing Bach’s music played by Paul is exuberating.
John Paul makes the first ever recording of the complete Well Tempered Clavier, performed on Lautenwerck. The Lautenwerck, or lute harpsichord, is similar to a harpsichord, but it has gut strings, and this has a far more mellow sound. Bach himself owned a lautenwerck, and was very fond of the instrument. Bach's keyboard works were not written strictly for the harpsichord. He would doubtless have seen performance on The Well Tempered Clavier on the lautenwerck as being completely appropriate.