"He has been hailed as ‘A master of his instrument’ by BBC Music magazine. The Independent Magazine said ‘Lutenist Matthew Wadsworth dazzles with his dexterity’."

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Critical Acclaim

“Wadsworth’s delicately imaginative theorbo playing revealed itself in performances of toccatas and partitas in which melody, ornament and improvisation became subtly and wonderfully fused.”
Hilary Finch, The Times

“One of the chief delights of this live recording from Wigmore Hall is the opportunity to hear the theorbo at close quarters. Its subtle textures are often lost in the continuo of the baroque orchestra but here in the skilled hands of Matthew Wadsworth it takes centre stage.”
Stephen Prichard, The Guardian

“You get the feeling that he’s playing for himself and for you, but not for a big public. Gestures are subtle, with an expressive range which flatters sophisticated ears… perhaps because he always plays from the heart, there’s an inner power and sincerity to his performances which make for compelling listening.”
Simon Heighes, International Record Review

“Wadsworth’s acute sense of phrase and colour is spellbinding.”
Classical Music Magazine, Recording Of The Fortnight

Featured Recording

Masters of the Lute


Matthew Wadsworth : lute, theorbo

• Solo recital disc with works by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Allesandro Piccinini, Giovanni Kapsberger et al.

This is Matthew Wadsworth’s finest release to date… a gem of an album, which exudes intelligence, sensitivity and sheer class… A richly painted recital that really shouldn’t be missed.’ Gramophone Editors Choice

Find out more about and listen to this album on the discography page