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Lute Concertos

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1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Tempo Di Munetto
4. Largo
5. Allegro
6. Largo
7. Allegro Assai
8. Adagio
9. Allegro
10. Amoroso
11. Allegro
12. Allegro
13. Largo
14. Allegro
15. Largo
16. Allegro
17. Largo
18. Allegro
19. Adagio
20. Allegro
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Worthy of the Widest Attention Sept. 17 2005
By Gerard Tango - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb reconstruction and performance of how 6 of Weiss's lute concerti might have sounded. Richard Stone is an accomplished master of the lute as well as historically informed baroque music performance, now director of his own ensemble "Tempesta di Mare". Anyone interested in baroque lute or baroque concerti should give serious audition to this enjoyable recording.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent composer and performance June 2 2009
By Malverns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Weiss is one of few composers to challenge master Bach - in lute repertoire. Weiss was an absolute master of this instrument. If you love Bach and Vivaldi concertos I am sure this cd will delight you and will endure repeated listening. Try the first track to sample. Richard Stone is a wonderful artist - this Chandos recording is easier to find than his excellent solo disc on Titanic. Both are recommended with enthusiasm.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not Weiss's best music June 27 2012
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Weiss was an almost exact contemporary of Bach who left a huge body of excellent work for solo lute. Weiss's ensemble pieces have largely been lost, but on this a disc Richard Stone has reconstructed several lute concerti from surviving lute parts, using their motifs to create orchestral and flute parts. The result is an enjoyable disc of entertaining, often charming concerti with orchestra and, effectively, sonatas for lute and flute. They are very well performed by Stone himself, who is an excellent lutenist, and by the ensemble Tempesta di Mare who play with real meaning and empathy throughout.

My reservation about this disc is a slightly personal one: I think the lute is really a solo or continuo instrument and I don't think it makes a very good instrument for a solo concerto. It never quite manages to stand out sufficiently from the orchestra and it isn't quite clear enough to carry the solo part. The concerti are very pleasant, but lack something for me. The "concertos" for lute and flute, however, are a real treat and fit the instruments and their excellent players very well.

Although this is a good, well-performed disc, I much prefer Weiss's solo lute music which is truly excellent, and would strongly recommend Robert Barto's excellent, growing series on Naxos (eg. Weiss: Lute Sonatas Volume 11 (Sonatas Nos. 30, 39 & 96) (Naxos: 8.572680)) and Jakob Lindberg's recordings Weiss: Lute Sonatas and Short Pieces.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Undercharachterized and disappointing May 6 2010
By Morten Fuglestad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
S. L. Weiss is one of the most profound German composers. Quite a few has wondered how his compositions for orchestra may have sounded. I was rather eager to know the answere. Was this a hidden gem like the J. Fr. Fasch-concerto in d minor written for Weiss, and recorded by Musica Anitqua KölnConcerti 'per l'orchestra di Dresda' (Heinichen, Veracini, Quantz, Pisendel, Fasch, Dieupart) /Musica Antiqua Koln * Goebel? I must admit that I was rather let down here.

Weiss composed a few concertos for lute and strings, where only the rudiments are known, mainly because of loses from the archives where they were kept. He was primarily known in his days for his fantastic improvisations, his lute-suites and continou-playing, but he must also have been a rather good soloist in chamber-music. And that is what this music is, intimate music, but that is not to say bloodless and bleak, as it is played in this recording.

Stone has tried to fill in the missing parts, but, sadly, I do not find these atempts succesfull. La Tempesta di Mare, sounds rather uncertain, as if they do not trust the music to hold all the way to the last movement. Anyway, they do not seem to take theire name serious, as there is not a even a slight breez in sight here.

Stone has done a great job earlier in Weiss' music - so why record these rather pale and wayward concertos? They are clearly not "Echt" Weiss and there is little sense of direction in them. These arrangments seem to cry out for something quite different - improvisation, imagination and stronger characherization from both arranger/soloist and ripieno. That must be "the rub" here, if they are to be saved from "a sea of woes" where they seem to linger in a bleak and suspensless vacuum.