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Psyché: The French Weiss - CD

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The Psyché album traces the idea of the French lute style from its founder, Ennemond “le Vieux” Gaultier, through Jacques Gallot and Robert de Visée and, critically, onwards to Germany and the "French" works of Weiss. A new perspective of Weiss is explored — one that is based on the rediscovered Harrach manuscript that contains Weiss's early compositions based on Gallot's magnificent "L'Amant malheureux." These pièces de luth of Weiss act as the central link that binds this baroque concept album together and help us to reposition current understanding of lute music during the baroque era.

This recording is a genuine document of historical performance practice. The lute used was made by Martin Haycock, strung with gut strings made at Gamut Music, featuring Gimped basses, (a special type of bass string). From the first note, which pierces your heart like one of Cupid's arrows, Benjamin's virtuosity takes us on an emotional journey of joy, insight and pathos that will leave you leave you fully satisfied at the final note.

Psyché: The French Weiss

Jacques Gallot

1. Psyché

Robert de Visée

2. Tombeau du vieux Gallot
3. La Montfermeil
4. Chaconne

Jacques Gallot
Suite “L’Amant Malheureux”

5. L’Amant Malheureux

Sylvius Leopold Weiss

6. Allemande en double du meme
7. Courante
8. Gigue

Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Suite Pièces de caractère

9. Le Sans souci
10. Comment sçavez vous
11. Le Badinage
12. La Plainte
13. Campanella
14. Passacaille

Sonata No. 37 in C Major

15. Prelude
16. Allemande
17. Courante
18. Bourée
19. Sarabande
20. Menuets I & II
21. Presto

Vieux Gaultier

22. L’Adieu

Learn more Information on Benjamin Narvey and to hear samples from Psyché.

    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Gretchen Stolfo on Oct 6th 2020



    This music i has virtuosity in it which is as gentle as a kiss and opens long dusty chambers of the heart. Each note gives its all and disappears humbly as my ear drum trembles.

  • Posted by Betty E. on Jul 29th 2017


    A wonderful programme of historical importance

    Benjamin Narvey takes us on an authentic and intimate journey in his recent recording of French music for the lute. Thoughtfully constructed, a performance of intelligence and emotion by this very talented young musician.