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Lute Sonatas (Schneeweiss)(10cd) Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Arte Nova
  • ASIN: B00005NGJT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sean K. Garrigan on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although many recordings of Weiss' music played on the baroque lute are available, one finds comparatively few that are played on the modern classical guitar. This is both puzzling and unfortunate, because Weiss' music translates well to the guitar, and those which have been transcribed for this wonderful instrument are of such high quality that they are now favorites in the guitarists' repertoire. A contemporary and friend of Bach, Weiss was both a virtuoso player and a composer -- a musical genius in his own right -- who composed about 600 pieces for the baroque lute and theorbo. Yet, even if one were to purchase every recording available by Segovia, Yepes, Bream, Parkening, Williams, et al., one would still end up with but a handful of pieces to enjoy by this talented though neglected composer. Thus, when I found out that there was a boxed collection of Weiss' lute and theorbo music presented on the modern classical guitar, I could hardly contain my enthusiasm! It is often said that the anticipation is always greater than the realization, and though hackneyed this phrase certainly describes my disappointment in this collection.

The liner notes state that the aim of the project is to, "transcribe for classical concert guitar the 29 surviving lute and theorbo sonatas of ...[S. L.] Weiss...taking into consideration modern performance and compositional techniques." Though a bit ambiguous, that sounds fairly encouraging. However, the next paragraph reveals the problem, "What we have here is not baroque music in the traditional sense, but an interpretation by Weiss [sic.
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I was immensely disappointed by this set, as Weiss's lute music is so superb. But these performances are clumsy, clunking, ham fisted and downright dull, with all sorts of odd variations in tempo and phrasing. I could hardly sit through one CD, though in the end I gave the rest a listen. I wish I hadn't bothered.
If you want Weiss, don't waste your time and money on these very amateur-sounding recordings.
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I'm not a musician and cannot play any instrument. I've thoroughly enjoyed these CDs I thought that the recordings and playing was first class. I note that a couple of reviewers have marked these as poor. They may be highly talented and critical musicians themselves, but for Joe Public they're very very pleasant and good value. One mans meat is anothers poison as they say.
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