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Weber - Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2384 SACD
Release date2021-03-05
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time56:18

Carl Maria von Weber wrote music that has been admired by composers as diverse as Schumann, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. But in his lifetime he was also recognised as one of the finest pianists of the period, with an exceptional technique and a brilliant gift for improvisation. Especially during the 1810s he toured extensively, and like other composer-pianists he wrote works to use as his personal calling cards, among them the two piano concertos recorded here. They were both composed in 1811-12, but while the First Concerto takes Mozart’s concertos as its model, Piano Concerto No. 2 looks towards Beethoven. This change of direction was probably influenced by the fact that Weber had acquired a score of Beethoven’s recently published Emperor Concerto. In any case there are some striking similarities between his concerto and Beethoven’s: the use of identical keys, and the inclusion of a slow, subtly orchestrated Adagio and a closing playful rondo in 6/8.

Weber is unmistakeably Weber, however: a highly original orchestrator whose music is at turns brilliant, melancholy and charming. These qualities are to the fore also in the Konzertstück from 1821, in which the composer liberates himself from Classical models and finds a new path. Much admired by Liszt, the work is a kind of symphonic poem in four sections, played without a break. Following highly acclaimed recordings of the complete concertos by Mozart and Beethoven as well as Mendelssohn, this disc brings the team of Ronald Brautigam and Kölner Akademie to the very crossroads of Classicism and Romanticism.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Weber, Carl Maria von
  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, WeV N. 9 (Op. 11) 18:45
01 I. Allegro 08:12 $ 1.99 USD
02 II. Adagio 03:23 $ 0.82 USD
03 III. Finale. Presto 07:10 $ 1.77 USD
  Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, WeV N. 15 (Op. 32) 20:17
04 I. Allegro maestoso 08:55 $ 2.16 USD
05 II. Adagio 04:32 $ 1.10 USD
06 III. Rondo. Presto 06:50 $ 1.67 USD
  Konzertstück in F minor, WeV N. 17 (Op. 79) 16:07
07 Larghetto affettuoso 04:50 $ 1.17 USD
08 Allegro passionato 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
09 Adagio 00:26 $ 0.10 USD
10 Tempo di Marcia 01:54 $ 0.46 USD
11 Più mosso 04:57 $ 1.30 USD
  Album total 56:18
ComposerWeber, Carl Maria von
ConductorWillens, Michael Alexander
OrchestraKolner Akademie
PerformerBrautigam, Ronald

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