Weiss: The Complete London Manuscript

Composer Silvius Leopold Weiss
Artist Michel Cardin
Format 12 CD
Cat. number 95070
EAN code 5028421950709
Release January 2015

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Almost an exact contemporary of Bach, Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750) was renowned in his day as one of the most proficient lutenists in Europe. Born in Grottkau, now part of Poland, he soon established himself in the service of Prince Elector of Saxony August the Strong, based in Dresden, where he eventually became the highest paid musician of the court. Over his lifetime he composed over 200 sonatas, and, remarkably, many of them remain conserved – and unplayed – to this day. The manuscripts can be found in various libraries scattered across Europe, and the London Manuscript, held in the British Library since 1877, contains a staggering 26 solo sonatas as well as other individual and ensemble works with flute. The sonatas are not like the typical Classical sonatas that would appear in Mozart’s time; they are structured more like a Baroque suite, normally comprising six individual movements, lively gigues and courantes as well as allemandes and slow sarabandes. Although Weiss’s lute music has been compared to that of J.S. Bach, there is a wealth of originality here that is not always found in Bach’s works, due to Weiss’s deep understanding of the instrument. Weiss utilised unusually sophisticated harmonies, particularly in the later works, where he frequently employed diminished seventh chords and bold enharmonic changes. His ensemble works for flute and lute add a striking new voice, leading to lively interplay between the two instruments.

Michel Cardin has devoted his career to painstakingly reconstructing the London Manuscript, bringing the various fragments to a playable standard and carefully analysing which segments belong where. Over the past decade he has released each CD individually with various works from the manuscript; now, the listener has an opportunity to own the complete collection, encapsulating 12 CDs worth of Weiss’s remarkable Baroque lute music. This slow, academic approach, based on years of research and careful analysis, has brought a highly authentic recording of these works to fruition. However, Cardin describes himself as a performer first and a musicologist second; these works can most certainly be enjoyed by anyone, whether already acquainted with Weiss or not. Baroque flautist Christiane Laflamme, who joins Cardin on the last two CDs, was also an integral part of the reconstruction process. Cardin’s venture has been reviewed in the British magazine Early Music, where it was described as “the most remarkable Weiss project of all”.

Now in a 12CD budget box: the complete London Manuscript by Silvius Leopold Weiss!
Weiss (a near exact contemporary of Bach: 1687-1750) was a famous lute player and composer in his, time, a highly regarded court musician at the Dresden court. He wrote extensively for his instrument.
This 12CD set contains the complete works found in the London Manuscript: 26 Sonatas for lute solo. The sonatas are not written in the classical sense of the genre, but they are more like suites, with several dance movements. Weiss’s musical language is highly expressive, full of daring chromatic harmonies and intricate counterpoint, only a master lutenist could write such music!
Lutenist Michel Cardin reconstructed the London Manuscript with painstaking care in a period of over 10 years, and he recorded it on separately issued CD’s. Brilliant Classics is proud to issue the complete set in one box, a monument of great music and great playing!
The booklet contains extensive liner notes by the artist.

Other information:

Recorded in Canada between 1992 and 2004.
Unique opportunity to own the complete London Manuscript in full, described by Early Music magazine as ”one of the greatest solo music sources in early music history”.
Extensive liner notes written by Michel Cardin included in clamshell with more available online.
Biographies of the artists.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: I. Praelude
  2. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: II. Allemande
  3. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: III. Courante
  4. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: IV. Bouree
  5. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: V. Sarabande
  6. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: VI. Menuet
  7. Sonata No. 1 in F Major, WeissSW 1: VII. Gique
  8. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: I. Prelude
  9. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: II. Allemande
  10. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: III. Courante
  11. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: IV. Bourée
  12. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: V. Sarabande
  13. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: VI. Menuet
  14. Sonata No. 2 in D Major, WeissSW 2: VII. Giga
  15. Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, WeissSW 3: I. Prelude
  16. Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, WeissSW 3: II. Allemande
  17. Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, WeissSW 3: III. Courrante
  18. Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, WeissSW 3: IV. Bouree

Disk 2

  1. Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, WeissSW 3: V. Sarabande
  2. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: I. Prelude
  3. Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, WeissSW 3: VI. Menuet & 2do menuet
  4. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: II. Allemande
  5. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: III. Courante
  6. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: IV. Bourée
  7. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: V. Sarabande
  8. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: VI. Menuet
  9. Sonata No. 4 in G Major, WeissSW 5: VII. Gigue
  10. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, WeissSW 7: I. Allemande
  11. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, WeissSW 7: II. Courante
  12. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, WeissSW 7: III. Gavotte
  13. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, WeissSW 7: IV. Sarabande
  14. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, WeissSW 7: V. Menuet
  15. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, WeissSW 7: VI. Gigue
  16. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: I. Prelude
  17. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: II. Allemande
  18. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: III. Courante
  19. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: IV. Bouree
  20. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: V. Sarabande
  21. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: VI. Menuet
  22. Sonata No. 6 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10: VII. Ciaccoñe

Disk 3

  1. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: I. Fantasia
  2. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: II. Allemande
  3. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: III. Courante
  4. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: IV. Gavotte
  5. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: V. Sarabande
  6. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: VI. Menuet
  7. Sonata No. 7 in D Minor, WeissSW 11: VII. Gigue
  8. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: I. Prelude
  9. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: II. Allemande
  10. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: III. Courante
  11. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: IV. Bourée
  12. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: V. Sarabanda
  13. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: VI. Menuet
  14. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: VII. Ciacona
  15. Sonata No. 8 in A Major, WeissSW 12: VIII. Gigue
  16. Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, WeissSW 13: I. Preludie
  17. Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, WeissSW 13: II. Allemande
  18. Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, WeissSW 13: III. Courante
  19. Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, WeissSW 13: IV. Bouree & Double
  20. Sonata No. 9 in D Minor, WeissSW 13: V. Menuet

Disk 4

  1. Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15: I. Allemande
  2. Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15: II. Courante
  3. Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15: III. Paisane
  4. Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15: IV. Sarabande
  5. Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15: V. Menuet
  6. Sonata No. 10 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15: VI. Gigue
  7. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, WeissSW 16: I. Allemande
  8. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, WeissSW 16: II. Air en echo
  9. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, WeissSW 16: III. Paisañe
  10. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, WeissSW 16: IV. Sarabande
  11. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, WeissSW 16: V. Menuet
  12. Sonata No. 11 in A Major, WeissSW 16: VI. Pastorrell
  13. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, WeissSW 17: I. Allemande
  14. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, WeissSW 17: II. Courente
  15. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, WeissSW 17: III. Bourée
  16. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, WeissSW 17: IV. Sarabande
  17. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, WeissSW 17: V. Menuet
  18. Sonata No. 12 in C Major, WeissSW 17: VI. Paisana

Disk 5

  1. Sonata No. 13 in D Major, WeissSW 18: I. Allemande
  2. Sonata No. 13 in D Major, WeissSW 18: II. Courante
  3. Sonata No. 13 in D Major, WeissSW 18: III. Angloise
  4. Sonata No. 13 in D Major, WeissSW 18: IV. Sarabande
  5. Sonata No. 13 in D Major, WeissSW 18: V. Menuet
  6. Sonata No. 13 in D Major, WeissSW 18: VI. Passagaille
  7. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: I. Prelude
  8. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: II. Allemande
  9. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: III. Courante
  10. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: IV. Bourée
  11. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: V. Sarabande
  12. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: VI. Menuet
  13. Sonata No. 14 in F Major, WeissSW 19: VII. Gigue
  14. Sonata No. 15 in F Minor, WeissSW 21: I. Allemande
  15. Sonata No. 15 in F Minor, WeissSW 21: II. Courrante
  16. Sonata No. 15 in F Minor, WeissSW 21: III. Sarabande
  17. Sonata No. 15 in F Minor, WeissSW 21: IV. Bourée
  18. Sonata No. 15 in F Minor, WeissSW 21: V. Tempo di menueto
  19. Sonata No. 15 in F Minor, WeissSW 21: VI. Gigue

Disk 6

  1. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: I. Preludie
  2. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: II. Toccata
  3. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: III. Fuga
  4. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: IV. Courante
  5. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: V. Bouree
  6. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: VI. Sarabande 7’34
  7. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: VII. Menuet
  8. Sonata No. 16 in G Major, WeissSW 22: VIII. Allegro
  9. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: I. Praelude
  10. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: II. Entrée
  11. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: III. Bourées I & II
  12. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: IV. Gavottes I & II
  13. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: V. Sarabande
  14. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: VI. Menuets I & II
  15. Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 23 ”Divertimento à solo”: VII. Saltarella

Disk 7

  1. Sonata No. 18 in C Major, WeissSW 24: I. Ouverture
  2. Sonata No. 18 in C Major, WeissSW 24: II. Bourée
  3. Sonata No. 18 in C Major, WeissSW 24: III. Aria
  4. Sonata No. 18 in C Major, WeissSW 24: IV. Menuet & Trio
  5. Sonata No. 18 in C Major, WeissSW 24: V. Gigue
  6. Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, WeissSW 25: I. Andante
  7. Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, WeissSW 25: II. Passepîed
  8. Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, WeissSW 25: III. Bourée
  9. Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, WeissSW 25: IV. Sarabande
  10. Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, WeissSW 25: V. La Babilieuse en menuet
  11. Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, WeissSW 25: VI. Gigue
  12. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: I. Prelude
  13. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: II. Marche
  14. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: III. Gavotte
  15. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: IV. Aria
  16. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: V. Menuet
  17. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: VI. Musette
  18. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: VII. Rondeau en echo
  19. Sonata No. 20 in D Major, WeissSW 26: VIII. Comment sçavez-vous?

Disk 8

  1. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: I. Praelude
  2. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: II. Allemande
  3. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: III. Gavotte
  4. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: IV. Rondeau
  5. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: V. Sarabanda
  6. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: VI. Menuet
  7. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: VII. Riguadon
  8. Sonata No. 21 in C Minor, WeissSW 27: VIII. La belle Tiroloise
  9. Sonata No. 22 in F Major, WeissSW 28 “Le fameux corsair”: I. Allemande
  10. Sonata No. 22 in F Major, WeissSW 28 “Le fameux corsair”: II. Courrante
  11. Sonata No. 22 in F Major, WeissSW 28 “Le fameux corsair”: III. Bouree
  12. Sonata No. 22 in F Major, WeissSW 28 “Le fameux corsair”: IV. Sarabande
  13. Sonata No. 22 in F Major, WeissSW 28 “Le fameux corsair”: V. Menuet
  14. Sonata No. 22 in F Major, WeissSW 28 “Le fameux corsair”: VI. Presto
  15. Sonata No. 23 in A Minor, WeissSW 29 “L’infidèle”: I. Entrée
  16. Sonata No. 23 in A Minor, WeissSW 29 “L’infidèle”: II. Courante
  17. Sonata No. 23 in A Minor, WeissSW 29 “L’infidèle”: III. Sarabande
  18. Sonata No. 23 in A Minor, WeissSW 29 “L’infidèle”: IV. Menuet
  19. Sonata No. 23 in A Minor, WeissSW 29 “L’infidèle”: V. Musette
  20. Sonata No. 23 in A Minor, WeissSW 29 “L’infidèle”: VI. Paÿsane

Disk 9

  1. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: I. Prelude
  2. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: II. Allemande
  3. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: III. Rigaudon
  4. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: IV. Sarabande
  5. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: V. Gavotte
  6. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: VI. Menuet
  7. Sonata No. 24 in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 30: VII. Le sans soucie
  8. Sonata No .25 in F Major, WeissSW 31: I. Allemande
  9. Sonata No .25 in F Major, WeissSW 31: II. Allegro
  10. Sonata No .25 in F Major, WeissSW 31: III. Bourée
  11. Sonata No .25 in F Major, WeissSW 31: IV. Menuet
  12. Sonata No .25 in F Major, WeissSW 31: V. Menuet 2do
  13. Sonata No .25 in F Major, WeissSW 31: VI. Gigue
  14. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: I. Allemande
  15. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: II. Courante
  16. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: III. Bouree
  17. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: IV. Sarabande
  18. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: V. Menuet I
  19. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: VI. Menuet II (WeissSW16)
  20. Sonata No. 26 in F Major, WeissSW 32: VII. Gigue

Disk 10

  1. Menuet I in F Major, WeissSW 1.8
  2. Menuet II in F Major, WeissSW 1.9
  3. Gavotte in F Major, WeissSW 1.10
  4. Gavotte and Double in D Major, WeissSW 2.8/2.9
  5. Prelude in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 4.1
  6. Ouverture in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 4.2
  7. Courante in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 4.3
  8. Bouree in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 4.4
  9. Allegro in G Major, WeissSW 1
  10. Courente Royale in G Major, WeissSW 2
  11. Prelude in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 10.1
  12. Menuet in G Major, WeissSW 4
  13. Fuga in C Major, WeissSW 6
  14. Fuga in D Minor, WeissSW 7
  15. L’Amant malheureux, WeissSW 8
  16. Fantasie in C Minor, WeissSW 9
  17. Menuet in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 10
  18. Plainte in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 15.1
  19. Tombeau sur la mort de M. Cajetan Baron d’Hartig WeissSW 11
  20. Bouree in C Major, WeissSW 12
  21. Menuet in C Major, WeissSW 13

Disk 11

  1. Gavotte in D Minor, WeissSW 14
  2. Menuet in D Minor, WeissSW 15
  3. Praelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, WeissSW 17
  4. Menuet and Trio in G Major, WeissSW 18/19
  5. Bourée in F Major, WeissSW 31.7
  6. Tombeau sur la mort de mur comte d’Logÿ arrivee 1721 WeissSW 20
  7. Prelud in C Major, WeissSW 21
  8. Fantasie in C Major, WeissSW 24
  9. Menuet in C Major, WeissSW 22
  10. Gavotte in C Major, WeissSW 23
  11. Capricio in D Major, WeissSW 25
  12. Menuet I in D Major, WeissSW 16
  13. Menuet II in B Minor, WeissSW 27
  14. Mademoiselle Tiroloise, WeissSW 28
  15. Premier concert d’un luth et d’une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 6: I. Adagio
  16. Premier concert d’un luth et d’une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 6: II. Allegro
  17. Premier concert d’un luth et d’une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 6: III. Grave
  18. Premier concert d’un luth et d’une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 6: IV. Allegro

Disk 12

  1. Deuxième concert d’un luth avec une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 8: I. Andante
  2. Deuxième concert d’un luth avec une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 8: II. Presto
  3. Deuxième concert d’un luth avec une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 8: III. Andante
  4. Deuxième concert d’un luth avec une flute traversière in B-Flat Major, WeissSW 8: IV. Allegro
  5. Troisième concert d’un luth avec la flute traversière in F Major, WeissSW 9: I. Adagio
  6. Troisième concert d’un luth avec la flute traversière in F Major, WeissSW 9: II. Allegro
  7. Troisième concert d’un luth avec la flute traversière in F Major, WeissSW 9: III. Amoroso
  8. Troisième concert d’un luth avec la flute traversière in F Major, WeissSW 9: IV. Allegro
  9. Duo No. 4 in G Minor, WeissSW 14: I. Adagio
  10. Duo No. 4 in G Minor, WeissSW 14: II. Gavotte
  11. Duo No. 4 in G Minor, WeissSW 14: III. Sarabande
  12. Duo No. 4 in G Minor, WeissSW 14: IV. Menuet
  13. Duo No. 4 in G Minor, WeissSW 14: V. Bourée
  14. Duo No. 4 in G Minor, WeissSW 14: VI. Ciacoña
  15. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: I. Prelude
  16. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: II. Un poco andante
  17. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: III. La badinage
  18. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: IV. Largo (WeissSW 5)
  19. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: V. Le Sicilien
  20. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: VI. Menuet
  21. Duo No. 5 in D Minor, WeissSW 20: VII. Gigue