Although today’s lutenists are gradually bringing much of Silvius Leopold Weiss solo repertoire to the modern listener, his ensemble works have remained for the most part a mystery. A fairly substantial part of Weiss’s oeuvre can be found in numerous manuscripts scattered all over the globe. The two which contain the major part of his now known works are the London Manuscript, British Library Add. 30387 and the Dresden Manuscript, Sächsische Landesbibliothek Dresden Mus. 2841-V-1.
The Dresden Manuscript consists of six volumes, the sixth of which contains Partitas by Weiss with 3 volumes of accompaniments. These “Partien” are numbered 1 to 9, seven of them being luteparts to ensemble compositions of Weiss. Four of these Partien are labelled as lute duos, with three of them bearing a pencil remark stating that the missing lute part can also be found in an arrangement for harpsichord. These four Partien are the subject of this recording. Karl-Ernst Schröder reconstructed the lost part.
Rec.date: 1998 (formerly available from Symphonia)