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Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas / Garrick Ohlsson

Weber / Ohlsson,Garrick
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 22076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Weber, best known for his operas today, was also a very fine pianist and he wrote a sizeable body of piano music of which the four sonatas are the centrepiece. These are perhaps the first truly ‘Romantic’ piano sonatas and were a great influence on the succeeding generation of German composers such as Mendelssohn and Schumann; all are large scale and virtuosic and their quality makes it surprising how rarely they have been recorded. The set also includes the most important of Weber’s other piano works including the once hugely popular ‘Invitation to the Dance’, a work which has become better known in the orchestration of Berlioz.

‘These are distinguished performances, by a pianist of true romantic temper, of four works that
Read more have had more than their share of misunderstanding from performers and critics alike’ (Gramophone)

Garrick Ohlsson is the pianist, acclaimed for his performances of Brahms and Chopin on Hyperion. These delightful recordings were originally released on Arabesque.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, J 138/Op. 24 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 28 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A flat major, J 199/Op. 39 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 33 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in D minor, J 206/Op. 49 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 22 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 4 in E minor, J 287/Op. 70 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819-1822; Dresden, Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Rondo brillante for Piano in E flat major, J 252/Op. 62 "La gaité" by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Momento capriccioso for Piano in B flat major, J 56/Op. 12 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808; Germany 
Venue:  Concordia College, Bronxville, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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