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Ronald Brautigam, Michael Alexander Willens - Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra (2021)

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Ronald Brautigam, Michael Alexander Willens - Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra (2021)

Ronald Brautigam, Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie - Carl Maria von Weber: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 56:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-2384 SACD | Recorded: 2018

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.

Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs

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Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs

Michael Endres - Carl Maria von Weber: Piano Works (2012) 2CDs
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4; Variations; Grande Polonaise; Waltzes

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 349 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 357 | Time: 02:31:07

Carl Maria von Weber's piano music, with the exception of Invitation to the Dance, is not nearly as well known as his operas, but it deserves more attention. Michael Endres makes a strong case for the music in this two-disc set. The most significant works, the four sonatas, are full of drama, colorful pianism, and lyrical melodies, particularly in Endres' hands. The sonatas are on a similar scale to those of Beethoven and Schubert, with the drama built of sharp contrasts in key, humor, and dynamics, and with beautiful, cantabile slow movements. Weber, like Beethoven, also took advantage of the size and scope of the piano's sound. Endres vividly brings out the drama and the brilliance of virtuosic passages, while maintaining a sense of refinement and ease with the music. The waltzes are particularly polished, but Endres' also recognizes their folk elements and gives them a wonderful energy and sparkle. The showpieces of Weber's piano works are the sets of variations, obviously written to impress audiences. Again, Endres handles the technical challenges easily and cleanly. In the second set here, the Variations on the aria "Vien'qua dorina bella," he is always aware that the theme was originally a vocal work, playing with song-like phrasing and coloring. The sound of the recording could be a little richer, but it doesn't hurt Endres superb performance.

The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes - Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet; Piano Quartet; Trio (2005) [Re-Up]

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The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes - Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet; Piano Quartet; Trio (2005) [Re-Up]

Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet; Piano Quartet; Trio (2005)
The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 309 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67464 | Time: 01:13:08

Weber’s chamber music – just these three pieces if you don’t count the duos – clearly shows him on the cusp between Classical and Romantic. The Quartet for piano and strings, written in his early twenties between 1807 and 1809, begins with a Haydnesque gracefulness and politeness which is gradually invaded by more unruly harmonies and textures; the dramatic slow movement looks ahead to Schumann, while the closing fugue of the finale dresses 18th-century procedures in 19th-century colours. Then there’s the element of virtuosity which is a hallmark of the early Romantic era, in the showy piano part of the Quartet, which Weber wrote for himself, the concerto-like clarinet part in the Quintet with strings, designed for the pioneering Heinrich Baermann, and all three parts of the tuneful Trio for flute, cello and piano. The talented members of the pan-European Gaudier Ensemble are perfectly equipped to convey these different aspects of Weber’s musical personality, with the fleet-fingered pianist Susan Tomes leading the way in the Quartet and Trio, and Richard Hosford in the Clarinet Quintet recalling contemporary descriptions of Baermann’s own effortless brilliance.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 6: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Weber, Nicolai (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 6: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Weber, Nicolai (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 6: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Weber, Nicolai (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.88 Gb | Total time: 07:03:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Bram van Sambeek, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart, Du Puy, Weber: Bassoon Concertos (2020)

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Bram van Sambeek, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart, Du Puy, Weber: Bassoon Concertos (2020)

Bram van Sambeek, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart, Du Puy, Weber: Bassoon Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 269 Mb | Total time: 66:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-SACD-2467 | Recorded: 2019

As Bram van Sambeek writes in the liner notes to his new disc, bassoonists consider Mozart’s Concerto in B flat major the absolute pinnacle of their repertoire. A man of great contrasts himself, Mozart recognised the potential of the bassoon as a vehicle for expressing a wide range of moods and attitudes – from the joking and playful to the dreamily tuneful. Another composer who showed a special understanding for the instrument was Carl Maria von Weber, whose Concerto in F major doesn’t come far behind Mozart’s on the list of all-time bassoon hits.

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Weber: Der Freischutz [Blu-Ray] (2015)

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Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Weber: Der Freischutz [Blu-Ray] (2015)

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden - Weber: Der Freischütz [Blu-Ray] (2015)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29956 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 41,2 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3484 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Axel Köhler's production of "Der Freischütz" at the Dresden State Opera was described by Die Presse as 'a minor miracle in Dresden'. In the words of the Salzburger Nachrichten, Köhler 'scored a bullseye' with his sombre and satanic interpretation of Weber's Romantic opera about love, temptation, souls sold to the Devil, obsession and faith. According to the Financial Times, Christian Thielemann and the Dresden Staatskapelle conjured up a sense of 'mortal terror from the orchestra pit. […] Thielemann is in command of every detail. That makes for utterly gripping listening'.

Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas (2019)

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Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas (2019)

Paul Lewis - Weber, Schubert: Sonatas (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 187 Mb | Total time: 57:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi ‎| HMM902324 | Recorded: 2017

Even if both of them were destined to die tragically of illness at a very early age (Weber at 39, Schubert just 31!), the two composers on this disc were healthy enough when they wrote these works, and were even beginning to taste success. Except that it was not to the piano sonata that they owed their fame: not without a twinkle in his eye, Paul Lewis has coupled their works in this genre in order to paint a different and highly elegant portrait of two musical dramatists who were emblematic figures of Austro-German Romanticism.

Constantin Trinks, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Weber: Euryanthe (2020)

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Constantin Trinks, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Weber: Euryanthe (2020)

Constantin Trinks, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Weber: Euryanthe (2020)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27987 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 167 min | 42,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3776 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 167 min | 9,04 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Naxos | Sub: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean

Weber's great heroic-romantic opera Euryanthe premiered in Vienna in 1823. It concerns the wronged Euryanthe, victim of a plot to establish her unfaithfulness, but her love imbues her with colossal strength which Weber characterises with acute psychological insight. Through-composed and dispensing with spoken dialogue, its chivalric plot provides opportunities for a series of arias, ariosos, duets, cavatinas and choruses that contain some of his greatest operatic music. This production employs the operas original version with a few, very minor cuts.

Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch, Orchestra of Opera North - Bassoon Concertos (2008)

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Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch, Orchestra of Opera North - Bassoon Concertos (2008)

Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch, Orchestra of Opera North - Bassoon Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 63:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 10477 | Recorded: 2007

Karen Geoghegan, runner-up in the BBC’s Classical Star programme is on a mission to promote the bassoon repertoire. This, her debut CD, is an ideal starting point. From the opening bars, the quality of the recording is self-evident, with a well balanced and excellently produced orchestral sound. By the time the bassoon enters, one is already immersed in quality, and it is easy to question whether a young performer such as Geoghegan can match those standards. Not only does she match them, she surpasses them. Her sound quality is extraordinary, proving her argument that the bassoon is deeply expressive, worthy of being taken seriously as a solo instrument.