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An old friend and lifelong early music enthusiast, a household-name professional early violinist who has sat through many, many concerts down the decades, confided in me that she had always found the music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss . . . well, dull. I recommended that she go to one of David Miller’s live concerts of the music on this disc and she returned charmed and completely won over. This excellent CD, bizarrely the first solo disc David Miller has recorded in a career spanning decades and innumerable ensemble recordings, is now perhaps the most engaging Weiss solo disc on the market, and (along with Robert Barto’s and the late Karl Ernst Schroeder’s recording of Weiss duets) the first I would thrust into the hands of a non-specialist to introduce them to the music of a great master of the German high baroque, whom Bach thought worthy to ‘jam’ with him on at least one recorded occasion. As with so much German baroque music, formal structure and long sequences are worn on the sleeve in Weiss, and to charm the listener the performer needs to make the music live and breathe, which Miller’s beautifully judged phrasing does here. Excellent recorded sound, and full tone too; highly recommended.

Christopher Goodwin Read the full review on Agora Classica


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