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Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber

(1786 - 1826)

Carl Maria (Friedrich Ernst Freiherr) von Weber (November 18, 1786 - June 5, 1826) was a German composer and key figure in the early Romantic period. He is considered to be the founder of German Romantic opera.

A child prodigy, and touring piano virtuoso as a boy, Weber grew up in a musical family. From an early age, he had a fascination for opera. His major operas are Der Freischütz (1821), Euryanthe (1823), and Oberon (1826). Weber died in London of consumption less than two months after the premiere of Oberon. When his body was finally returned to Germany for burial, the eulogy was delivered by Richard Wagner.

Recommended Recordings

Concertos & Concertino for Clarinet

2 Clarinet Concertos Op. 73 & 74 and Concertino Op. 26/Orfeo C067831
Eduard Brunner (clarinet), Oleg Caetani/Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
2 Clarinet Concertos Op. 73 & 74 and Concertino Op. 26/Virgin VC7907202
Anthony Pay (clarinet)/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
2 Clarinet Concertos Op. 73 & 74 and Concertino Op. 26/Chandos CHAN8305
Janet Hilton (clarinet), Neeme Järvi /City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Concertos for Piano

2 Piano Concertos Op. 11 & Op. 32 and Konzertstücke Op. 79/Berlin Classics BER1058
Peter Rosel (piano), Herbert Blomstedt /Staatskapelle Dresden
2 Piano Concertos Op. 11 & Op. 32 and Konzertstücke Op. 79/Vox Music Group CDX5098
Roland Keller (piano), Siegfried Kohler /Berlin Symphony Orchestra

"Grand Duo Concertant" for Clarinet & Piano

"Grand Duo Concertant" Op. 48 (w/ Clarinet Quintet)/XLNT CD18004
Jon Manasse (clarinet), Samuel Sanders (piano)
"Grand Duo Concertant" Op. 48 (w/ Flute Trio & Variations)/Orfeo C067831
Eduard Brunner (clarinet), Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Invitation to the Dance

"Invitation to the Dance" Op. 65 (Orch. by Berlioz)/London 430201-2
Christoph von Dohnányi/Cleveland Orchestra
"Invitation to the Dance" Op. 65 (Orch. by Berlioz)/Nimbus NIM5154
Roy Goodman/Hanover Band

Core Repertoire - Start Here! Overtures

10 Overtures/Chandos CHAN9066
Neeme Järvi/Philharmonia Orchestra
7 Overtures/Capriccio 10052
Gustav Kuhn/Dresden State Orchestra
6 Overtures/Nimbus NIM5154
Roy Goodman/Hanover Band

Piano Music

4 Piano Sonatas and Complete Piano Music/Arabesque Z6584-2
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

Quintet for Clarinet & Strings

Clarinet Quintet Op. 34 (w/ Brahms Clarinet Quintet)/Reference Recordings RR-40CD
Eddie Daniels (clarinet), Composers String Quartet
Clarinet Quintet Op. 34 (w/ other Chamber Music for Clarinet)/XLNT CD18004
Jon Manasse (clarinet)/Manhattan String Quartet