A firm believer in exploring outside the traditional classical canon, Bernhard Hofstötter here brings together some of his favorite pieces for Baroque lute, featuring composers well known and some more obscure. The works span a period of over 100 years, from Gaultier, born sometime around 1600, to Gluck, who was composing in the latter half of the 18th century. What they all have in common is Vienna, a hub of music making during it's golden age as the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy. Whilst the city may be connected more commonly with such greats as Mozart and Beethoven, the works on this release prove that it's well worth looking past these established names. Some of the featured composers held positions in the empirical court, including Gluck, who was appointed kaiserlichköniglicher Hofkompositeur in 1774. Karl Kohaut, whose highly virtuosic Sonata a liuto solo is included on this release, served as a high ranking official at the court of Emperor Joseph II. His fame as a lutenist was so great that he is even mentioned by Charles Burney in his renowned travelling diaries of 1773. Two composers who passed by Vienna before settling in Salzburg another highly cultural Austrian city were Georg Muffat and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, both of whom also spent time working for the Church, writing both sacred and secular music. Bibers haunting Passacaglia lends itself perfectly to the Baroque lute, it's intricate polyphony beautifully highlighted on this instrument.