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Classical - Released February 25, 2013 | naïve classique

Distinctions Choc du Monde de la Musique - 10 de Répertoire
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Classical - Released June 5, 2020 | Glossa

There was a point where the lute sonatas of Sylvius Leopold Weiss were so obscure that Andrés Segovia would play them on guitar thinking he was doing them a favor through reviving them on the "superior" instrument. However, Weiss played a 13-course lute and Segovia's Spanish classical guitar naturally has only six strings; while Segovia considered an instrument like Weiss' as having "too many strings," it is nevertheless the right one to play Weiss' music on, owing to its tone and special resonance. One of the finest players of 13-course lute is Spaniard José Miguel Moreno, who has played in Jordi Savall's group Hesperion XX and leads another, La Romanesca. Glossa's Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Ars Melancholiae consists of two complete Weiss sonatas, two chaconnes, and a little clutch of single pieces placed at the album's center; recorded in 1993, this is one of the finest single-disc collections devoted to Weiss ever. Moreno plays beautifully, making judicious use of the acoustic space in which he is performing and the negative space around him as well. The playing is fluid, controlled, and conforms very comfortably to the contours of Weiss' constant spinning out of contrapuntal lines; significant, as a large part of Weiss' appeal is his similarity of approach to Johann Sebastian Bach in terms of texture. The one thing here that seems a little questionable is the choice of pace in the Sarabande from the Sonata in D major; Moreno takes it very slowly, and on its own it is a very beautiful and striking artistic statement, full of color and space. However, it just seems a little too slow for a sarabande; one wonders if anyone could get away with playing a sarabande at such a tempo in the eighteenth century. Nevertheless, other than that -- and admittedly the reservation stated is more a matter of curiosity than a criticism of the performance -- Glossa's Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Ars Melancholiae is perfect, and it's hard to imagine why anyone who appreciates good music wouldn't want it. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released October 5, 2015 | BGS Records

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Classical - Released November 9, 2010 | BGS Records

Lutenist-composer Sylvius Leopold Weiss, almost an exact contemporary of J.S. Bach, was widely admired in his day and took on Bach himself in an improvisation contest. The booklet for this release quotes various extravagant expressions of praise from Weiss' contemporaries; the album's title comes from one of these. Nevertheless, it has often been difficult to transmit to contemporary audiences what distinguishes Weiss' music from the countless other suites of the period for lute or other stringed instruments. British-American lutenist Nigel North takes large strides toward rectifying the situation with this collection of suites, interspersed with short, single pieces. The three multi-movement works are designed as a partita, a sonata, and a suite, respectively, but all consist of the typical suite dances (sarabande, courante, etc.) and fit into what was already a long tradition of such works. Weiss used an Italian word, cantabile (songful), to describe his own style, theoretically quite a contrast from the brittle, glittering figurations of French lute music. This cantabile quality is what's hard to put across, for there is plenty of decoration in Weiss' music. This is the particular success of North's technically adept and nicely recorded release. In simple terms, the lute seems to sing. North operates from a relaxed, almost commanding attitude. His tempos are on the broad side, and long lines seem to flow from their central tones instead of serving as a framework for ornament. The final Ciacona is not the kind of ultra-virtuosic piece later associated with that dance in Italian violin music, but the whole piece hangs together organically in North's performance. Sample one of the three Sarabandas (tracks 6, 12, and 19) for the full warmth and elegance of North's playing, which can be recommended as an introduction to Weiss and even to Baroque lute music in general. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 18, 2015 | Thorofon Records

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Classical - Released May 18, 2011 | Magnatune

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Classical - Released July 17, 2016 | Paula

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 1991 | Thorofon Records

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Classical - Released February 14, 2020 | Maqam Records

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Classical - Released May 1, 2020 | Magnatune

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Classical - Released April 2, 2013 | Kdn Records

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Classical - Released March 31, 2000 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Classical - Released March 26, 1999 | ARTE NOVA Classics