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WEISS, S.L.: Lute Sonatas, Vol. 10 (Barto) - Nos. 28, 40 / Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte de Logy

Composer(s):Weiss, Silvius Leopold
Artist(s) Barto, Robert, lute
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572219
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Robert Barto’s recordings for Naxos of the lute music of Silvius Leopold Weiss have been acclaimed as ‘the most eloquent of them all, and this comprehensive series is a tribute to his skill and involvement’ (MusicWeb International). On this tenth volume he presents two sonatas, No. 28 ‘Le fameux Corsaire’ and No. 40, as well as the moving Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte de Logy. While the identity of ‘the famous pirate’ commemorated in the former remains unknown, Count Johann Anton Logy von Losinthal was hailed in his lifetime as ‘the Prince of the Lute’.


Review By Paul-James Dwyer,Early Music America,October 2010

This new release in the complete Silvius Leopold Weiss (?1686–1750) lute sonata series contains two sonatas (No. 28 and 40) and a tombeau, all from Weiss’s middle period. Sonata No. 28 in F major, “Le fameux Corsaire,” is a lyrical and descriptive masterpiece. The opening Allemande has softly undulating chords, after an opening that suggests a smooth and silent embarkation. A Courante follows, swiftly painting a picture of relentless waves splashing on shores; the journey begun. The third movement is a Bourrée, suggesting the industry of the on-deck sailors. The fourth, a Sarabande, finds the ship floating aimlessly on a placid body of water, perhaps in full summer heat, with its hint of rubato. Other passages in the six-movement work suggest

The beautifully measured and haunting bass lines of the Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte de Logy make it an 11-minute gem. It was dedicated to Count Johann Anton Logy von Losinthal, who in his day was hailed as “the Prince of the Lute.” Barto excels as a sensitive and eloquent interpreter of Weiss, a composer who championed an instrument that declined in popularity during the course of his own lifetime. The life dedication to the lute of both composer and interpreter is almost palpable. One relishes the commitment of Barto directly, making this recording all the more cherished.

Barto, a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, continued his studies in Europe on a Fulbright scholarship. He is regularly on the faculty at Lute Society of America events and has given master-classes in Japan, Sweden, Italy, and Spain. This recording was made in 2008 in Gloucestershire, England; Barto plays a Baroque lute by Andrew Rutherford, a well-known builder based in New York. If you have not yet acquired any of the discs in this series, Vol. 10 is an excellent place to get a taste of its quality, dedication, and freshness.


Review By Claude Vernant,Classica,April 2010


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,January 2010

The two lutenists under contract to Naxos - the other being Nigel North, who specialises in Elizabethan repertoire - offer a tantalizing and rich choice. North plays what sounds like a modern instrument, whose voice is loud and clear, while Barto's is a baroque lute that sings in a mellower, more subdued tone. It would make for an interesting comparison to have them switch repertoires; both are supreme masters and collectors are fortunate in having both artists on this very affordable label. One can only look forward to an ongoing (and hopefully full) conclusion of the Weiss cycle, and on to similar delicacies.


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