The baryton is one of the rarest and most complex stringed instruments in the world. Its delicate and exotic sounds have fascinated audiences for almost four hundred years. It is formidably difficult to master, since it requires the performer to play not only on the 6 or 7 bowed strings, but also to accompany himself at the same time on an extra set of thumb-plucked wire strings hidden from view behind the fingerboard. The rarity of the instruments and tremendous technical demands on the performer have meant that much of its music has rarely if every been performed since the time of its composition.
What Jeremy Brooker accomplishes on the baryton goes beyond the limits of what one could have imagined. Only those thoroughly acquainted with the baryton can appreciate the extraordinary difficulty of what came to our ears.