Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998) for "La Luth ò Cembal”, which means "for the Lute or the harpsichord". In the Baroque age it was quite common to designate music for various instruments, e.g. the Well-tempered Clavier is written for (any) keyboard, without defining in more detail which kind of keyboard should be used in particular (harpsichord, organ, clavichord etc). It might well be that the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro was in fact composed for a special kind of keyboard, which was called "Lautenclavicymbal", essentially a harpsichord with the special feature to imitate in particular the sound of a lute. In any case, today, the pieces are played primarily by guitarists and lutenists, and only sometimes by harpsichordists.
The here-published version is played on pipe organ, which fits surprisingly well to the beauty of the pieces. The cheerful opening section of the Prelude, the thought- and (interesting:) playfulness of the Fugue, as well as the swift finale effects of the Allegro are supported wonderfully by the warm and radiant sounds of the organ of the Church of our Lady in Adergas (Velesovo / Slovenia).
The French Suites, BWV 812–817, were written by Johann Sebastian Bach in his time as "Hofkapellmeister" in Köthen. They are designed actually more in Italian style, but have been named "French" after JS Bach's death in order to differentiate them from the "English" suites. This recording is based on a harpsichord which was built in the workshop of Bečička / Hüttl & Šefl in the Czech republic in 2005. It's model is the German-style two-manual harpsichord of Michael Mietke, built in Berlin around 1710.
The recordings have been made using samples of the organ and harpsichord as provided by Sonus Paradisi, which are designed for the Hauptwerk digital pipe organ software platform. If you want to find out more about these tools, please refer to Hauptwerk.com.