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Weiss: Sonatas for Lute, Volume 1

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Product Details

  • Performer: Robert Barto
  • Composer: Sylvius Leopold Weiss
  • Audio CD (October 5, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014FA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Adriaensens on December 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Robert Barto plays S.L.Weiss in a very dynamic way. And look at the price! The record starts with a sonata which is also interpreted by Hopkinson Smith on his brilliant Weiss-album "partitas". But Barto's interpretation can match up to Smith's. Anyone who likes guitar-music or lute-music, should listen to the music of Silvius Leopold Weiss. Weiss is undoubtedly the greatest lute-composer. If you buy this record and you decide to listen to some more Weiss-works, buy also volume 2, also on Naxos, also with Robert Barto,but listen also to the interpretations of Hopkinson Smith or Konrad Junghänel. On the Symphonia label, there is also a cd with sonatas for 2 lutes, with Robert Barto, which is superb. Listening to Weiss is like entering heaven. And the music is as good as the best works of J.S.BACH. This music should be much more popular with the audience. Just listen to Barto, Smith or Junghänel playing Weiss, and enjoy....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sir Cecil on June 29, 2003
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One doesn't need to be a baroque or early music specialist to enjoy these fine works. They are superbly crafted and timeless in their inspiration.
Barto is to be congratulated on producing this on-going series, though I can't quite give him top marks for this particular CD. He fares best with the beautiful slow movements, but I found the faster pieces less successful, with some slightly awkward moments here and there.
The recording is crystal clear, but not particularly full. Listening to Hopkinson Smith's Weiss on Astree label, we enter an altogether richer sound world, recorded closer with more emphasis on the bass, which adds a pleasing glow to the music.
There is nothing "cheap" about this budget CD and there is very little to fault, but I would have preferred a warmer atmosphere. With Barto, I feel I am listening to a good lutenist. But with Smith, I am more convinced I'm listening to Weiss.
Nevertheless, at this low price, there's no excuse not to audition this very decent CD yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sturgill on April 4, 2007
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This my friends is a kingly gift fit for a prince or any such audience be they heavenly or mere mortal! This is how Weiss is supposed to sound; such tender grace and exquisite phrasing and tone control. The tempos are perfect and the sound lush with tasteful reverb. I do not prefer the very dry screechy recordings some labels seem to prefer. There are many things in life that may be more "authentic" but that categorically does NOT make them better per se. I want beautiful sound that sounds like heaven might sound. Barto is the consummate Lute master of our time! While O'Dette is a more popular and a truly gifted and prolific player, I currently assert that Weiss has NEVER sounded more like Weiss than through the awe inspiringly beautiful interpretation via the utterly deft touch of Robert Bartos' hands. Please buy this disc, then buy a good 300B or SE Tube amplifier or at least a pre, some great speakers (not avaiable at your local store) and sit back and meditate or enjoy a good glass of wine or aged scotch or at least a good cup of Joe and be transported to another time and place somewhere in Transitional Bavaria at its' finest. Ok, if you can't afford the system upgrade PLEASE BUY THIS DISC!!! You won't regret it ever unless you absolutely hate fine, spiritually uplifting instrumental music. If you like great classical guitar you will be amazed at these incredible NAXOS cd recordings made using 20-bit technology that would be worth 3 times the price, SHHHHH, sorry! Don't tell Naxos. Thank you Naxos, and THANK YOU Robert Barto. Sir you are a modern day genius. A finer lute player there is not in the world today! By the way Amazon is offering these 4 for the price of 3! Order 4 at a time and SAVE. Also look carefully for his 8th disc. They DO have it but it is not listed normally. You may have to do a google or yahoo search for it, but I did buy mine through Amazon.com. It is very new and NOT to be missed!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2004
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Looking for baroque? Curious about some new baroque solist/string experiences at a nice price? Then stop right here.
For those unfamiliar with Weiss, he was contemporary with Bach and was *the* top lute music composer and lutenist of his time. Personally, I much prefer the lute works of Weiss over those of Bach. I think Bach, ever brilliant and elegant of course, is still too restrained, condensed and... well... dull, quite frankly.
Stay clear from overpriced records with some fancy spanish tradition guitar hotshot playing "baroque". I heard the famous and celebrated Andrès Segovia's Bach recordings the other day and had some brief thoughts on shooting myself. The guitar is not an instrument well suited for baroque music, particularly not baroque *lute* music. Get the real stuff like e.g. this record instead. And with a composer such as Weiss you get music that makes the most of the instrument and you also get the full spectrum of baroque complexity and sentimentality, not just the distilled version of Bach's (yes, I know that's blasphemy).
The featured solist on this recording, Bartos, is hardly the most famous of today's lutenists. And there are a few things I don't like with him and the recording in general. For instance, on one or two occasions I get the impression he has to slow down his tempo temporarily in the middle of a piece just to be able to keep up with a fast and tricky passage later. It's annoying. I also don't quite like the choice of locale for the recording, some church. There is a tad too much reverb in there for my taste.
But otherwise Bartos really shines. The phrasing is just lovely, very passionate. He is also very subtle in keeping all the voices alive, giving each the flow and emphasis it needs but not more.
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