Weiss: The Dresden Manuscript
Both Roberto Barto and the late Karl-Ernst Schroder have been linked to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland for many years. On this 1998 recording originally released on Symphonia, the two lutenists present the rarely heard but achingly beautiful music for lute duo by Sylvius Leopold Weiss. The preparation of this recording implied the painstaking reconstruction of the missing lute parts, a work carried out by Schroder himself. On one of the sonatas, the duo is joined by cellist Gaetano Nasillo. Robert Barto is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. The recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, he continued his studies in Cologne, Germany and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Having made Germany his home for many years, he travels and performs throughout the world. Karl-Ernst Schröder was born in Eschweiler, Germany in 1958. He studied Renaissance guitar and lute with Professor Tadashi Sasaki at the Aachen Musikhochschule, attending masterclasses with Anthony Bailes and afterwards continuing his training in early music performance at Switzerland's Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in the lute classes of Eugen M Dombois and Hopkinson Smith.