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Lute Sonatas (Schneeweiss)(10cd) [Box set]

Silvius Leopold Weiss Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Arte Nova
  • ASIN: B00005NGJT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars About-Face, Please! Weiss Disserves an Apology 19 Feb 2006
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars silvius leopold weiss 13 July 2013
By peter
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This is not silvius leopold weiss as i am used to. This is modified weiss to sound like Modern even some South American in part
For this reason I was disappointed .
Its only saving grace was I like modern guitar music. The quality of the playing is poor which I find difficult to accept.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like Weiss 8 Feb 2013
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I bought one of these discs when it first came out (and when very little of his music had been recorded) and passed it on to Oxfam after listening to half of it -- it may be virtuosic but it doesn't sound like any Weiss I've ever heard, and Weiss is what I wanted to hear. (What it did sound like was technically demanding noodling, based very very distantly on something that sounded vaguely 'baroque'.)If you like modern classical guitar technique this might appeal, otherwise beware. Naxos's series of Weiss sonatas is the thing.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the Dead come to Life 5 Nov 2002
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This is a 10 CD set filled with very old music from the time of Bach, music that in any other rendition sounds just as dull and dead as most Bach recordings do. But when Schneeweiss plays it, it sounds as if it was written yesterday.
I bought this set immediately after having bought the 7 CD Anthology set, also recorded by Schneeweiss, and having been totally surprised at the intensity, lyrical quality and warmth of the guitar music.
The same effect is achieved in these new versions of Weiss's sonatas. They are in effect new versions, which the booklet also points out. This is not an attempt to create 'authentic' sounding lute music on the guitar. This is, instead, a successful attempt to breathe new life into old music, by transforming it, probably changing it in places, and adjusting it to the strengths of the guitar, and dropping the restrictions of the lute.
These things are always very difficult to explain or express, but I have listened to numerous other guitarists (Bream, Williams, Sollscher, you name them) playing classical pieces and nobody, absolutely nobody seems to be able to make classical guitar music come to life in my ears. Nobody except Schneeweiss.
So I recommend these recordings: this is the best of the best. You will never regret it.
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