Without any doubt this is one of the great recordings produced by Glossa, as well as being the only recorded occasion in which the two co-founding brothers of the label guitarist José Miguel Moreno and violinist Emilio Moreno have taken part together. In the hands of these fabulous specialists, who are accompanied by a tiple treble guitar and castanets in the famous Fandango, two of Boccherini’s guitar quintets sound here with an unparalleled intensity and brightness.
There was a point where the lute sonatas of Sylvius Leopold Weiss were so obscure that Andrés Segovia would play them on guitar thinking he was doing them a favor through reviving them on the "superior" instrument. However, Weiss played a 13-course lute and Segovia's Spanish classical guitar naturally has only six strings; while Segovia considered an instrument like Weiss' as having "too many strings," it is nevertheless the right one to play Weiss' music on, owing to its tone and special resonance. One of the finest players of 13-course lute is Spaniard José Miguel Moreno, who has played in Jordi Savall's group Hesperion XX and leads another, La Romanesca. Glossa's Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Ars Melancholiae consists of two complete Weiss sonatas, two chaconnes, and a little clutch of single pieces placed at the album's center; recorded in 1993, this is one of the finest single-disc collections devoted to Weiss ever.