Album: Weiss, The Heart Trembles with Pleasure (BGS)

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Nigel North's recital of music for 11-course lute from Weiss's youthful "London manuscript" lives up to its extravagant title.

Weiss, born in Poland in 1687, was a Bohemian virtuoso whose sonatas combined Italianate grace with French glamour and something of the joyful seriousness of Bach and Buxtehude. North's articulation and timing are faultless, with fleet-footed bourrées and courantes of reckless perfection. But it is the sheer beauty of sound that is most remarkable: clear, luxuriant, expansive.