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Weiss: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 11, Nos. 30, 39 & 96 / Robert Barto

Album Summary

>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Sonata for lute in C major (Dresden MS no 11), SC 39
>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Suite for lute in G major (Vienna MS 18761), Smith 389-395
>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Sonata for lute in E flat major (Dresden MS no 34), SC 30
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Weiss - a contemporary of J. S. Bach - was the greatest lutenist of his age, whose music is largely in the mixed Italian/French style of the time. The Sonatas are prodigiously attractive works of great emotional power. No. 39 is majestic, revealing Weiss's mastery of lyrical invention, whilst No. 96 is lighter - an elegant work probably conceived for teaching purposes. No. 30 illustrates precisely those qualities of agility, grace and expressive depth that lend his music so great an appeal. Robert Barto's series has generated universal admiration, MusicWeb International praising 'marvelously vivid performances, and beautifully recorded into the bargain'. (Vol. 10: 8.572219)

ClassicToday.com
There is a wide range of size and shape to these three sonatas. Certainly Robert Barto plays beautifully, with crystal clear articulation and sweet timbre on a lovely-sounding baroque instrument... it's good stuff, performed with great insight and sympathy.

David's Review Corner
Leaving in excess of six hundred works on his death in 1750, Sylvius Leopold Weiss had the most extensive catalogue of lute music attributed to one composer. Robert Barto has been the assured exponent of a series that has now reached its eleventh volume... he is a superb performer, and the UK recording is all that we could ask for.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Barto's playing is technically flawless, and he has an excellent grasp of Weiss's idiom - a Germanic synthesis of the prevailing Italian and French styles that was to emerge as a third path. His phrasing is clear and comfortable, his ornamentation tasteful. Lute fans will enjoy this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, Englan (11/18/2010-11/20/2010).



Reviews

S.L. Weiss vol. 11
Robert Barto – SYLVIUS LEOPOLD WEISS LUTE SONATAS VOL. 11 – Naxos

Robert Barto has made something of a cottage industry out of recording the sonatas of prolific lute master, Sylvius Leopold Weiss. In this, the 11th issue of the series, Mr. Barto again uses his deep understanding and musical sensibility to showcase the variety and complexity that Weiss achieved in the simple and well-defined sonata form.
Mr. Barto plays with a true virtuoso’s touch, beautiful, precise, and with great feeling; this is matched by the excellent quality of the recording’s engineering and the combination makes for a wonderful listening experience.
Given an average of 3 or 4 sonatas per disc and that this one, the 11th in the series, contains sonata no. 92, it appears that we have much more to look forward to from Mr. Barto; kudos to the people at Naxos for their continued support of this project.
Required listening for lute and guitar students and a must-have for fans of the baroque, “Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Lute Sonatas vol. 11” belongs on everyone else’s give-it-a-try list. Music like this is sometimes an acquired taste, but one that can quickly become habit forming.

Highest possible recommendation - 10 out of 10 - Oscar O. Veterano


Submitted on 03/23/12 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Sonata for lute in C major (Dresden MS no 11), SC 39
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (11/18/2010-11/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Suite for lute in G major (Vienna MS 18761), Smith 389-395
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (11/18/2010-11/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Sonata for lute in E flat major (Dresden MS no 34), SC 30
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (11/18/2010-11/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque