Award-winning lutenist and guitarist Peter Croton is an active
performer & recording artist as soloist & accompanist. In the press he has been called a "lyric poet of the lute" and has been
praised for his "breathtaking virtuosity" and "astonishing range of tone colors and dynamics". His
compositions for voice & lute have been described as "challenging
and refined... highly suited for inclusion in today's concert
repertoire". With his duo
partner Theresia Bothe (bothecrotonduo.com) he has performed and recorded a wide variety of
including many of his original songs.
Peter teaches lute, continuo, and
historical performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the
valuable contribution not only to the practice of playing thoroughbass
on the classical guitar, but above all to the expansion of knowledge of
musical practice in a fundamental period in Western music - a guide equally important for all guitarists, for teachers, students and concert artists".
Since 2011 Peter Croton has been included in the Marquis Who's Who in the World, featuring biographies of "the most accomplished men and women from around the world and across all fields of endeavor".
He is the initiator & artistic director of
BASEL PLUCKS - festival for lute & guitar
Newest solo-CD releases:
THE TWO FRANCESCOS
Francesco Spinacino & Francesco da Milano
Carpe Diem CD-16300
The lutenist Peter Croton pulls off an absolutely ideal recording of the works of two 'Renaisance-stars'. Compared with similar recordings(...)the present CD deserves the very top ranking. Here everything harmonizes ideally: the virtuosity and taste of the performer, the instrument, its intonation and the room in which the recording was made ... Peter Croton plays the music with the greatest possible clarity... One cannot play Francesco da Milano more convincingly than does Peter Croton.
Peter Croton has for many years been amoung the most well-known lutenists and guitarists in the field of early music…He unveils a grand arc of masterfully played works and brings them to life with great flair. As may be expected the pieces are played in a technically brilliant manner, but the real strength of the recording lies in the rare vitality which Peter Croton breathes into them. His interpretations are beyond reproach and are characterized by a fascinating clarity, which further enhances the listening experience.
This recording has all one could wish for in a solo-lute recording: an inspiring repertoire at once elaborate and elegant, a calm and velvety ambiance, and the charm of a unique sonority...
FRENCH LUTE SOCIETY
Light & Shadows - LUTE MUSIC OF THE ITALIAN BAROQUE Guild GMCD 7388
On this CD, Peter, like a chameleon, knows perfectly well how to adapt to different stylistic eras and different composers. Impulsive in Kapsberger, more distanced in Piccinini, flexible in Melii, and spoken and rhetorical in Zamboni... It doesn’t surprise us, knowing the multiple talents of this lutenist, able to go from Dowland to contemporary music, Renaissance lute to electric guitar... he delights us with a thousand instrumental colors...”
Peter plays in a free and inspired manner that well reflects the whimsical and wild temperament of the composer! But he also has a very articulate phrasing, high-level virtuosity, very clear trebles, sweet and beautiful sounding basses...
“…greatly pleases the ears... enjoyable performances... The sound is indeed wonderfully clear, sweet and direct“Early Music Magazine
Recent CD releases with Theresia Bothe:
"THE LUTE PLAYER and other songs"
a crossover CD
with music by Peter Croton
Theresia Bothe - vocals
Peter Croton - lute, early-classical guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Centaur Records CRC 3209
"Remembrance of Things Past - lute songs & solos by John Dowland & Peter Croton"
with special guest Derek Lee Ragin.
“…Dowland's music is presented as living and malleable, inspiring transformation as well as new compositions… often Croton presents settings of the songs in versions for solo lute before the song begins… Also, in the middle of a song he will often give the repeat sections to the lute… Listen also for the nice variations that he makes in some songs when accompanying the voice ... Hearing all this new material created by Croton is like discovering new works by Dowland, such is his sense of style and his ability to emulate Dowland’s melodic gift. Croton’s tone on the lute is good, his phrasing elegant and there is much variety of articulation… The CD ends with a new duo setting of ‘Now, O now’. You might consider Croton to be a brave man in attempting to set such well-known words, but for me, within a few moments of listening I had forgotten the original and was captivated by this version. If you are looking for a fresh approach to traditional material, for new ways in programming, then try this CD, it is full of surprises!”
The Lute Society (
Lute News, April 2010
"...In the Preludium by Dowland, Peter’s sound is pleasing, the phrasing free and varied; he makes the most of the lute, as he does throughout the entire recording, in which there are plenty of, introductions, arrangements and interludes. .. The originality of this recording lies in the numerous and convincing arrangements of these songs which Peter has created for solo lute, and uses as preludes, ritornellos between verses or postludes. He accompanies effectively, the bass nicely present and well articulated... Croton preserves the words and rhythms of 'Now O now I need must part', but composes it for two voices, with an original melody, accompanied by arpeggios…a mischievous wink to round off this highly original recording which gently introduces lutenists to contemporary music. "
The French Lute Society
Le Joueur de Luth, March 2010
"Blinders seem to be unfamiliar to Peter Croton and Theresia Bothe with regards to making music. They are as comfortable performing early music as they are folk and jazz. Peter Croton... impresses with his subtle virtuosity."
Fono Forum 10/06
"This is an unusual offering, and it’s very far from a conventional single disc survey of Dowland’s music, either for lute or voice. Instead it offers re-creationist possibilities and a more curious interplay between his music and that of the performer-composer Peter Croton who has been inspired by it... Croton is a fine lutenist, with an acute ear for colour, and he possesses a strong technique…
"Lutenist Peter Croton presents an extraordinary view of John Dowland and his world."
Toccata, July-August 2010
"I'll Sing a Song For You - a unique blend of Folk, Pop, & Jazz" 13 songs by Peter Croton (Zah Zah)
“A fantastic blend of styles melding in together to produce a stunningly beautiful cd. The songs, playing and singing is an absolute delight to hear. An album that needs to be heard and savoured.“
Peter Merrett PBS 106-7 FM
“Great CD, a true surprise to us. Excellent, we enjoyed it immensely.”
Harry Boerman Veluwe FM
"...Peter Croton is a
All Music Guide, Michael G. Nastos
"This band creates a unique blend of
folk pop and jazz. Bothe and Croton's music is formed from the stylings of
Billy Holiday and Kenny Burrell... 'Song for Billie Holiday' has
impressive guitar accompaniment with strong lyrics... The CD has impressive
vocals and jazz guitar playing, which will make it appeal to fans of folk-laden
Metro Spirit, Rich McCracken II
"I really like Croton's
guitar work, very much in the tradition of many jazz guitarists throughout the
The Run-Off Groove, John Book
'Love Songs from Five Centuries - from Baroque to Folk'Centaur Records