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Alexander Paley - Weber: Complete Piano Music Vol.1-4 (2009)

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Classical Music | Mp3

Title: Weber: Complete Piano Music Vol.1-4
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Alliance
Genre: Classical
Quality: MP3/320 kbps
Total Time: 04:14:54
Total Size: 590 MB


CD1 - Piano Sonata No.1, etc

Piano Sonata No.1 in C-dur, Op.24 (J.138)

01 - I. Allegro
02 - II. Adagio
03 - III. Minuetto. Allegro
04 - IV. Rondo. Presto
05.Nine Variations on a Russian Theme 'Schone Minka', Op.40 (J.179)
06.Six Variations on an Original Theme, Op.2 (J.7)
07.Invitation to the Dance, Op.65 (J.260)

CD2 - Piano Sonata No.2, etc

Piano Sonata No.2 in As-dur, Op.39 (J.199)

01 - I. Allegro moderato, con spirito ed assai legato
02 - II. Andante
03 - III. Menuetto capriccioso. Presto assai
04 - IV. Rondo. Moderato e molto grazioso
05.Six Variations on Naga's aria 'Woher mag dies wohl kommen.' from Vogler's opera 'Samori', Op.6 (J.43)
06.Seven Variations on a Gypsy Song, Op.55 (J.219)
07.Grande Polonaise, Op.21 (J.59)

CD3 - Piano Sonata No.3, etc

Piano Sonata No.3 in d-moll, Op.49 (J.206)

01 - I. Allegro feroce
02 - II. Andante con moto
03 - III. Rondo. Presto con molta vivacita
04.Eight Variations on the air de ballet from 'Castore e Polluce' by Abbe Vogler, Op.5 (J.40)
05.Seven Variations on Bianchi's air 'Vien qua, Dorina bella' Op.7 (J.53)
06.Seven Variation on an Original Theme, Op.9 (J.55)
07.Momento capriccioso, Op.12 (J.56)

CD4 - Piano Sonata No.4, etc

Piano Sonata No.4 in e-moll, Op.70 (J.287)

01 - I. Moderato. Con anima
02 - II. Menuetto. Presto vivace ed energico
03 - III. Andante quasi allegretto, consolante
04 - IV. Finale. La Tarantella - Prestissimo
05.Seven Variations on a Theme from Mehul's Opera 'Joseph', Op.28 (J.141)
06.Les Adieux, Op.81 posth. - Adagio molto - Allegro - Un poco moderato
07.Rondo brillante 'La gaite', Op.62 (J.252)
08.Polacca brillante 'L'hilarite', Op.72 (J.268)

These are the words of Carl Tausig, if we are to believe Wilhelm von Lenz's account when he met the great artist. Lenz seemed a great disseminator of Weber's piano music, introducing it to Liszt and Chopin, for instance. Tausig was familiar with some of Weber's famous concert pieces but even if his words were paraphrased (which they must have been), Tausig would seem to know the Sonatas, too. His declaration of what Weber "demands" is fascinating, but if we consider this present recording, it's certainly agreeable. This is the last volume in Naxos's survey of Weber's piano music, and it's an exciting finale to the series.

Up first is Weber's wonderfully expressive but somewhat deceptive Fourth Sonata in E minor. As this is the last Piano Sonata Weber wrote, we might expect a ravishing and sublime testament, like the last Sonata of Beethoven or Schubert. In a sense, we get a strange "programme" work. According to the liner-notes, "the composition is a picture of melancholy and despondency, which runs through all the psychological stages of hope and despair, culminating at last in mental and physical exhaustion and death." The first movement, with its echoes of contemplative sorrow and desperate struggle would surely support such a description. The Menuetto seems serious at first, but gradually gets more playful, especially in the trio, which bolsters the idea that hope and despair are in battle. The Andante is rather ambiguous in mood: gentle, lyrical



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