Weiss, held to be the foremost lutenist of his time, was an almost exact contemporary of Bach and so his time was the last flowering of Baroque lute music. He left a huge and very distinguished legacy of compositions, which really show the true beauty and versatility of the lute. All of the music is full of melodic invention and Weiss's mastery of his instrument is clear from the richness of the harmonic structures. It is fitting that this very fine composer is now receiving rather more attention. He thoroughly deserves it.
Robert Barto's entire series of recordings of Weiss's lute works has been truly excellent. I also have recordings of Weiss by Jakob Lindberg and Nigel North - two modern giants of the lute - and Barto is at least their equal, in my view. His technique is impeccable, leaving him free to concentrate on and interpret what the music is saying. I have gradually accumulated all ten (so far) of the discs in this series and my enjoyment of them has never diminished. Barto brings out all the wonderful interest and variety in Weiss's music and obviously has a real empathy with it and love for it.
The recording is excellent and the sheer sound of the instrument is a joy. All round, this is a wonderful disc and at this price you can't really go wrong. I warmly recommend both this and every other volume in this outstanding series.
on 18 February 2012
If you've played the Bach lute suites to death, you're in for a treat with these. Weiss was known to be a good mate of JS and would visit for 'jams' (hope that's not too irreverent). Hard to say who influenced who more. Anyhow, I bought the entire set and am delighted.(and not least by the price!)