Silvius Leopold Weiss was acknowledged as the greatest lutenist of his age, composing over 600 pieces for the instrument organized into suites or sonatas. In these arrangements for guitar, Danijel Cerović has selected the only two of Weiss’s sonatas to have been given poetic titles, Sonata No. 29 ‘L’Infidèle’ (‘The Infidel’), with its bell-like sonorities and triumphant conclusion, and Sonata No. 28 ‘Le Fameux Corsaire’ (‘The Famous Pirate’), thought to refer to the buccaneering pirate Blackbeard. Cerović also includes two of the great Tombeaux, elegies of profound and poignant depth.


The versatility of the suite form proved well suited to Johann Sebastian Bach in his instrumental works, and the English Suites are no exception. These are distinct from Bach’s other suites with their quasi-improvisatory opening Preludes, and further movements encompassing a wide range of moods and styles from lively dances to the pensive intensity of the slow Sarabandes. The Montenegrin Guitar Duo’s fresh and historically informed performances of these works have been acclaimed as “simply ravishing” (American Record Guide). Volume 1 of this two-volume series can be heard on Naxos 8.573473

Recorded at St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, 18–21 September 2014
Producers: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver
Engineer & Editor: Norbert Kraft
Strings: Savarez Guitars: Andres D. Marvi, Granada (GK); Simon Marty, Sydney (DC)
Booklet Notes: Graham Wade
This recording is co-financed and supported by the Montenegrin Ministry of Culture
Special thanks to: Carlo Marchione, Vanja Lisjak, Norbert Kraft and Rachel Schiff
Cover Photo of Montenegrin Guitar Duo by Luka Bošković

Produced by Vanja Lisjak, Morris Studio, Zagreb
Published by the Montenegrin Music Center
Recorded at Dom udruge Češka beseda, Zagreb

Danijel Cerovic