Composer of the Week

Sunday, 26 April 2015
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)

Weber - Romantic Venturer

Caroline Bardua Bildnis des Komponisten Carl Maria von WeberWeber was an innovator in many areas of his work, as you’ll hear from Kenneth Young in this programme.

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He broke away from the Italian opera tradition and began to establish a German approach. He also took control of the production side, as Ken points out:

“Weber evolved into the first truly hands on Music Director. He paid great attention to detail, casting, production and lighting. He studied costume design and even supervised the scenery painting.”

Weber also had an ear for instrumentation and pushed boundaries of playing technique.

Image: Caroline Bardua's portrait of Carl Maria von Weber, looking very demure, although as Ken Young tells us he could be "a bit of a lad."

Music Details:

WEBER: Oberon overture - Philharmonia Orchestra/ Neeme Järvi (Chandos CHAN 9066)
WEBER: Turandot - Philharmonia Orchestra/ Neeme Järvi (Chandos CHAN 9066)
WEBER: Wo berg ich mich, from Euryanthe - Thomas Quasthoff (bbar), Orch of the German Opera, Berlin/ Christian Thielemann (DG 471 493)
WEBER: Wolf's Glen bit - Peter Meven (bass), Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra (Decca 417 119)
WEBER: Clarinet Concerto No 2, mvt 3 - Sabine Meyer (cl), Dresden State Orch/ Herbert Blomstedt (EMI 5 67988)
WEBER: Horn Concertino in E minor Op 45 - Peter Damm (horn), Dresden State Orch/ Siegfried Kurz (Ars Vivendi 210 0219)
WEBER: Invitation to the dance - 2813 - Hamish Milne (pno) (CRD 3485)
WEBER: Trio for flute cello and piano - Gaudier Ensemble (Hyperion CDA 67464)
WEBER: Oberon overture - Philharmonia Orchestra/ Neeme Järvi (Chandos CHAN 9066)