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C.E.F. Weyse: The Key Masterpieces

Weyse,C.e.f. / Fischer / Dnco / Rdo / Hedegaard
Release Date: 07/27/2010 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226105   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Bohumila JedlickóvaMathias HedegaardThomas TrondhjemMarie Rorbech,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael SchoenwandtAdám FischerOle SchmidtGiordano Bellincampi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony OrchestraDanish National Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A well informed and chosen Weyse introduction – classical and early romantic era charms and delights.

Dacapo's Perspectives series provide an introduction for grown-ups to a series of Danish composers. There is always a decent introductory essay, full sung words and translations and a pair of capaciously filled CDs.
 
Julie Tutein. That was the name of the young woman who broke off her engagement to Weyse in 1801. The Danish composer fell into a black depression, ceased composing and described himself retreating into a vegetable state. Those dark years bifurcated Weyse's career. The seven symphonies - of which we have the first and last here - date from 1795-99. Weyse's silence was broken by his
Read more attendance at the Copenhagen premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni in 1807. His own singspiel The Sleeping Draught followed two years later, The Feast at Kenilworth and the Christmas Cantata appeared in 1835 and 1836 respectively but there was to be much more. His main teacher had been J.A.P. Schulz although previously he had unsuccessfully tried to obtain a place studying with C.P.E. Bach.
 
The two Symphonies heard here combine a delicious Haydnesque wit with Mozartean calm and delight. The woodwind writing is especially gracious and blithe but the Elysian strings in the Seventh are also remarkable in the tribute they pay to Mozart's Fortieth.
 
On CD1 the First Symphony is followed by the lissom-toned tenor Mathias Hedegaard singing three songs with orchestra one from each of three operas/singspiels. The first Hyrden graesser sine far moves with a golden grace but that's also true of the blue eyed pair that follows each complete with harp introduction. These are lovely songs of a golden affectionate quality. The Gypsy Dance from Festen pa Kenilworth is a refreshing ‘alla turca’ moto perpetuo. A harp contributes delightfully and at length through the finale of the Christmas Cantata.
 
Thomas Trondhejm has recorded the early piano sonatas. They are calming and gracious examples of the genre presented in pristine clarity. The second of the two movements includes some eccentric harmonic experiments. Bohumila Jedlickova plays the Eight Etudes op. 51 (1831). These are a tour de force both in terms of invention and as a passage of arms for the pianist.
 
The Overture to The Sleeping Daught is a brilliant little piece similar to The Marriage of Figaro overture. It is followed by the utterly charming Christmas Cantata for solo voices and orchestra with its echoes of Schumann and Raff.
 
The Seven Evening Songs are shared between soprano Else Torp and Mathias Hedegaard. They are sweetly sentimental pieces well centred in the Scandinavian romantic vocal tradition and in turn linking with Brahms' Volkslieder. These gold and autumn-hued songs are light yet touching.
 
The two discs are held in open envelopes hinged back and front into the sturdy little hardback book that holds the essay and texts.
 
This set gives every appearance of being a well informed and inspiringly chosen Weyse introduction. His classical and early romantic charms and delights are ready to open and charm our jaded ears.
 
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7 in E flat major by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Bohumila Jedlickóva (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Denmark 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2. Festen pĺ Kenilworth: Hyrden grćsser sine fĺr by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Mathias Hedegaard ()
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3. Sovedrikken: Skonjomfru, luk dit vindue op by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Mathias Hedegaard ()
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4. Prinsesse Isabella: Natten es sĺ stille by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Mathias Hedegaard ()
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Written: 1840 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5. Zigeunerdans (Gypsy Dance), for orchestra by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
Venue:  Odense Concert Hall 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6. Piano Sonata No. 6 in B flat major by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Thomas Trondhjem (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/1999-02/2000 
Venue:  Royal Academy of Music Ĺrhus 
Length: 13 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7. Aftensange (7), for voice & piano by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Marie Rorbech (Piano), Else Torp ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838 
Venue:  Dronningesalen at the Royal Library 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8. Symphony no 1 in G minor by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Bohumila Jedlickóva (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795/1805; Denmark 
Venue:  Copenhagen 
Length: 20 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9. Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 51 by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Performer:  Bohumila Jedlickóva (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1831; Denmark 
Venue:  Copenhagen 
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10. Sovedrikken (The Sleeping Draught): Overture by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Conductor:  Giordano Bellincampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11. Christmas Cantata no 3 "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner" by Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
Conductor:  Kirsten Dolberg
Period: Classical 
Written: 19th Century; Denmark 
Length: 22 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, DF 123: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, DF 123: II. Andante
Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, DF 123: III. Minuetto
Symphony No. 7 in E flat major, DF 123: IV. Finale: Allegro
Festen pa Kenilworth (Feast at Kenilworth): Hyrden graesser sine Far
Sovedrikken (The Sleeping-Draught): Skon Jomfru, luk dit Vindu op (Fair lady, open your window)
Prinsesse Isabella: Natten er sa stille
Festen pa Kenilworth (Feast at Kenilworth): Sigojnerdans (Gypsy Dance)
Piano Sonata No. 6 in B flat major: I. Andante (with 8 variations)
Piano Sonata No. 6 in B flat major: II. Rondo: Scherzo
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 1. Der star et slot i vesterled
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 2. Dagen gar med raske fjed
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 3. Til vor lille gerning ud
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 4. I fjerne kirketarne hist
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 5. Bliv hos os, nar dagen haelder
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 6. Den skonne jordens sol gik ned
7 Aftensange (7 Evening Songs): No. 7. Den store, stille nat gar frem
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, DF 117: I. Allegro con spirito
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, DF 117: II. Minuetto
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, DF 117: III. Andante
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, DF 117: IV. Vivace
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 1. Prestissimo in C major
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 2. Allegro moderato in C minor
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 3. Allegro in D flat major
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 4. Allegretto in C sharp minor
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 5. Allegro con spirito in D major
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 6. Allegro con brio in D minor
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 7. Allegretto in E flat major
8 Etudes, Op. 51: No. 8. Vivace in E flat minor
Sovedrikken (The Sleeping-Draught): Overture
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 1. Allegro con spirito: Jubler, o jubler i salige toner (Sing and rejoice, o world in thy gladness)
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 2. Poco Andante: I Bethlehem hans vugge star
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 3. O himmelbarn med guddomsand
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 4. Andantino: Du de vise kom at hylde
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 5. Andante maestoso - Allegro moderato - Tempo primo: Eder er i dag en frelser fod
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 6. Andantino: Halleluja, vi hore det evangilium
Christmas Cantata No. 3, DF 26, "Jubler, o jubler i salige toner": No. 7. Allegro con sprito - Moderato - Andante maestoso: Jubler, o jubler i salige toner

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