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Weiss: Lute Sonatas Transcribed For Guitar / Schneeweiss

Weiss / Schneeweiss
Release Date: 09/04/2007 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 770630   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[T]he single-minded lack of selectiveness of Kurt Schneeweiß’s ambitious project to transcribe the lute sonatas of Weiss for the modern guitar fails. When a musician takes it upon himself to transcribe or adapt works in any way (in this case from one fretted instrument to another) the results must be convincing, so that the listener, although perhaps aware of transcription, is comfortable with the outcome, which should be both entertaining and engaging as a performance. For me Kurt Schneeweiß’s playing does not fulfil any of these criteria.

Schneeweiß seems to treat each Read more movement in an altogether overtly free, almost improvised, way so that there is no or very little allusion to any firm dance rhythms. There seems to be little or no regard for the relative pulse or tempi that distinguish allemande from minuet, from minuet to gigue etc., which are after all central to the composite movements of the baroque sonata or suite. The Ciacconna (Chaconne) concluding the Sonata No. 6 in E flat Major shows no sense of the ground bass that normally is associated with, and is the underlying basis for, such a work. So with no apparent structures each movement seems to meander without sense of direction or purpose. This results in an absence of character differentiating the individual sonatas.

At the opening of the Sonata No. 4 in G major, for some reason, we are treated to a quite inappropriate "Introduction" of Kurt Schneeweiß’s own making (as we later encounter on disc 8 where we are presented with his own "Interkolomnium" and "Entrée" at the beginning of Sonata No. 29). Even he seems grateful that he has reached the end of some of the movements, so unconvincingly and half-heartedly does he throw away the last chords."

-- Andy Daly, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Lute in G minor, SC 25 (Dresden MS no 29; London MS no 19) by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 38 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Lute no 25 in A minor "L'Infidele" by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 38 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Allegro in D major (Duet) by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Menuet in A minor (Trio) by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Fantasia for Lute in E minor by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Lute in E major by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
7.
Sonata for Lute no 7 in C minor by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 36 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Lute in E flat major, SC 10 (London MS no 6) by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Lute in D major, SC 18 (London MS no 13) by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 70 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Lute in G major, SC 5 (London MS no 4) by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 46 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Lute no 34 in D minor by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 36 Minutes 24 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Lute no 2 in D major by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Lute in F minor by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Kurt Schneeweiss (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1997-99 
Venue:  Schloss Annaberg, Bonn, Germany 
Length: 52 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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