"Christopher Wilke plays with an expert feel."- American Record Guide"The audience was really mesmerized by his brilliant performance."- Lenore Gilchrist, Director, Central Coast Guitar Society (California)
"The young American, Christopher Wilke, thrilled the audience... Wilke's nuanced, meditative and emotionally intense presentation was met with rapturous approval."- Allgauer Zeitung (Germany)
News: In of August 2014, the first run of "Graceful Degradation" completely sold out. A second pressing of physical copies is available once again on CDBaby.com. Also available for download on iTunes, Amazon,Spotify, and others.
"...A notable achievement...compelling music in a performance that commands attention. The listener is immediately captivated by the virtuosity, dynamics and color that are so abundantly present. Most baroque lute recordings, by contrast, sound careful and restrained, the performer unwilling to take any risks. Thus, this CD has a spirit and sound all its own. I give it a very high recommendation."
- Howard Kadis, Lute Society of America Quarterly
"Would that all CDs combined such fine playing (and beautifully recorded, too) with such intelligent program building. I look forward to future releases on this level from Wilke."
- Tom Moore, Early Music America
by Christopher Wilke covers the final flowering of the lute in Bayreuth and Vienna before its extinction. This is rare music indeed. Wilke employs a wide range of dynamics and tone colours, which is engaging and appropriate for the period. He plays with drive and energy."Graceful Degradation"
- Early Music (UK)
"Christopher Wilke pushes the instrument to the extreme limit of its tonal and dynamic capabilities, playing not only with a technical expertise rivaling that of, say, a Paul O'Dette or a Robert Barto, but also with a range of expressiveness beyond that of any recording artist I have ever heard on the lute. ...Indeed, this most recent work of his may well be to lute playing what the Copernican revolution (continued by Kepler and Galileo) was to cosmology ... It is nothing short of revolutionary."
- SWA, Amazon.com
"A revelation...Wilke plays with an explicit passion and panache I've never heard before on any lute. This album deserves a place in the list of pioneering recordings of 'early' music."
- Bill Sampson, CDBaby.com
"Chris Wilke plays with both technical authority and great sensitivity. This is a CD not to be missed!"
- Dr. Charles Browne, Amazon.uk
"It's truly inspiring. Wilke's playing is amazingly accurate but remains inventive and surprising throughout."
- t8lisker, iTunes Belgium
"[T]his really is far more like real music than most of us have heard before on a lute, especially the way Chris plays (with, around, at, through, over) it... Chris has made it more about the message than about the medium."
- Adamo, Amazon.com