A rarity indeed: a collection of 16th-century Hungarian lute music played by a master of the instrument.

"Never play the lute after Bakfark". . . . With Bakfark’s lute style incorporating a number of unusual and fiendishly difficult devices, most lutenists, it seems, have been happy to follow this advice, but Jacob Heringman has here responded to the challenge by recording nine of Bakfark’s pieces, mostly arrangements of vocal works. . . .

These are contrapuntally intricate yet melodically eloquent pieces, and the tastefulness of Bakfark’s transcriptions is matched by Heringman’s elegant musicianship. . . . [T]his is admirable playing of a refined and undeservedly neglected repertoire.

Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone, April 2000