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Joachim Held is one of the foremost lute players of his generation. He captivates his audience with the refinement of his playing and moves the listener with expressing the different moods of the soul. In 2006 Joachim Held is the first lute player ever to receive the renowned German Echo - Klassik Award. This is in the category "Best soloist recording of the year" for his CD "Delightful Lute - Pleasure. Baroque Lute music from the lands of the Habsburgs", released by Hänssler Classic. More



New Release

Silvius Leopold Weiss
(Early Works)

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Release Date: 2017
Label: Hänssler Classic
ASIN: B071VSDK7Q

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Sylvius Leopold Weiss was a prolific German composer and performer of music mainly for the lute; he was born near Breslau in Silesia, at the time part of Germany and now known as the Polish city of Wroclaw. He is known to have composed in excess of a thousand pieces for the instrument, although only about 850 survive; these pieces were grouped together as sonatas, a misleading term as they can be more accurately classed as suites. He enjoyed great fame and was regarded as the greatest lute virtuoso of his day, his fame led to many influential patrons and friends, one such friend being Wilhelm Friedman Bach, through whom he met J S Bach, the subject of a supposed challenge where Weiss would improvise on the lute and Bach on the harpsichord. My prior knowledge of Weiss’ music is limited to a single Naxos disc performed by Robert Barto, this is volume 9 (8.570551) of a series of at least eleven discs, and offers the listener Sonatas 32, 52 and 94, so no real comparisons can be made, other than to say that I find the playing, recorded sound and notes superior in this new release by Joachim Held. Here Joachim Held proves a much more sympathetic and accomplished lute virtuoso; in his hands the music comes to life and dances off the page, here is a player for whom the instrument sings. The music performed on this disc, whilst much earlier than on the Naxos disc, shows a great deal of maturity and accomplishment as well as virtuosic flair. The opening D Major Fantasie and Fugue make a bold statement, whilst the Sonata in F major, composed in Prague in 1717, not only shows how Weiss’ compositional style developed, but also points to how his music would progress. This is a Sonata full of virtuosity and originality as well as tenderness and excitement, with its dance-like sections leaping off the page. As already stated, everything about this disc is excellent, with Joachim Held’s performance making me want to hear him play more of this music. The title of this disc is Sylvius Leopold Weiss Early Works, and whilst, unless I have missed it, the booklet does not say that it will be followed by any ‘middle’ or ‘later’ period music, it would be a shame if it wasn’t, as Weiss’ music deserves to be heard in hands as capable as those of Joachim Held.

Musicweb International - Stuart Sillitoe - September 2017




Joachim Held got the appointment as a Professor for the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen/Germany. Students can register for the Bachelor and Master degree program.   www.hfk-bremen.de



Discography








Concert Dates

16.-21. March 2019
ES - Teatro Real Madrid
Francesco Cavalli "La Calisto"
Conductor: Ivor Bolton


23.-26. March 2019
ES - Teatro Real Madrid
Francesco Cavalli "La Calisto"
Conductor: Ivor Bolton


03. May 2019
DE - Hamburg, Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
Chamber music concert with members of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra


10. May 2019
DE - Steinfurt
Solo concert at the Kulturforum


11.-12. May 2019
DE - Steinfurt
Lute course for the Kulturforum


15. May 2019
DE - Rostock, Bachfest
Solo concert with compositions by S.L. Weiss and J.S. Bach
www.bachfest-rostock.de


9., 18. & 20. June 2019
DE - Kiel, Oper
Claudio Monteverdi "L'Incoronazione di Poppea". Conductor: Alessandro Quarta
www.theater-kiel.de


12. July 2019
DE - Nieblum, Föhr St Johannis
Chamber music concert
With Soprano Bettina Pahn
www.friesendom.de


20. July 2019
IT - Urbino
Solo concert with compositions by S.L. Weiss, Johann G. Weichenberger etc.
www.fima-online.org


07. August 2019
IT - Bertinoro
Chamber music concert
With Soprano Bettina Pahn
www.entroterrefestival.it


08.- 11. August 2019
IT - Bertinoro
Lute Master Class


07. September 2019
UK - London English Lute Society, Dutch church
Solo concert with works by Diomedes Cato, Jakub Reys etc.
www.lutesociety.org


09. September 2019
LT - Vilnius
Festival Banchetto Musicale
www.vilniusfestivals.lt


14., 22., & 29. September 2019
DE - Kiel, Oper
Claudio Monteverdi "L'Incoronazione di Poppea". Conductor: Alessandro Quarta
www.theater-kiel.de


16.-19. September 2019
DE - Lübeck
Lute Master Class
www.hanse-ensemble.eu


03. October 2019
DE - Münster Gitarrenfestival
Solo concert with compositions by S.L. Weiss, Johann G. Weichenberger etc.


05., 11., 16. & 26. October2019
DE - Kiel, Oper
Claudio Monteverdi "L'Incoronazione di Poppea". Conductor: Alessandro Quarta
www.theater-kiel.de


01. November 2019
DE - Dortmund
Concert with Concerto Köln
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
www.concerto-koeln.de


14. November 2019
DE - Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
Concert with Concerto Köln
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
www.concerto-koeln.de




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