C.F.E. Weyse: Key Masterpieces

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>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Symphony no 7 in E flat major, DF. 123
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Festen pa Kenilworth
>     Hyrden græsser sine får
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sovedrikken
>     Skonjomfru, luk dit vindue op
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Prinsesse Isabella
>     Natten es så stille
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Zigeunerdans (Gypsy Dance), for orchestra
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sonata for Piano no 6 in B flat major
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Aftensange (7), for voice & piano
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, DF 117 (1805 Revised Version)
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Etudes (8), Op 51
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sovedrikken (The Sleeping Draught)
>     Overture
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Christmas Cantata

Album Summary

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Symphony no 7 in E flat major, DF. 123
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Festen pa Kenilworth
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sovedrikken
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Prinsesse Isabella
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Zigeunerdans (Gypsy Dance), for orchestra
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sonata for Piano no 6 in B flat major
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Aftensange (7), for voice & piano
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, DF 117 (1805 Revised Version)
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Etudes (8), Op 51
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sovedrikken (The Sleeping Draught)
>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Christmas Cantata
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Notes & Reviews:

C.E.F. Weyse (1774-1842) began his career as a strong fan and follower of W.A. Mozart, but soon developed an irresistibly personal and truly national attitude to his art. This exclusive collection of Weyse's finest vocal and instrumental works fully portrays the composer's genius as well as his status as the first composer of the Danish Golden Age period. "Full of fresh vitality and some glorious melodies. Warmly recommended." - Gramophone



Reviews

Delicious Danish
The music of Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse (1774-1842) isn’t very well known outside of his native Denmark and that’s too bad. Weyse wasn’t one for traveling, so his music really didn’t have an opportunity to take root on the continent, but a number of 19th century musical luminaries (Liszt, Moscheles, Clara Schumann) did come to Denmark to visit him (no doubt to hear his considerable pianistic skills). Bottom line is, Weyse was a musical conservative whose interests did not extend beyond Mozart, so he was kind of left behind when Beethoven and others stormed ahead in (at the time) new music. Thankfully, this excellent collection introduces the delightful Weyse to the wider world and there’s lots to like. Weyse is best remembered as a song composer (the great Danish tenor Aksel Schøtz was an advocate and recorded several of his songs) and this 2-CD collection is filled with some top-notch songs. Weyse’s melodic talent is considerable and his “Evening Songs” of 1838 charm with their unaffected sweetness. Soprano Else Torp and tenor Mathias Hedegaard make a strong case for them. Hedegaard is also the soloist in three orchestral songs with chorus that are equally lovely. Weyse wrote seven symphonies and they sit squarely in the classical tradition. If you enjoy the symphonies of Haydn or the early symphonies of Schubert, you will be right at home here. Weyse’s piano works are represented by the fine Piano Sonata No. 6 in B flat major and a set of virtuoso Etudes. A large-scale Christmas Cantata closes things out. Weyse’s vocal writing is quite fine and features some marvelous choral writing, including a brilliant closing fugue. Like I said, the performances are uniformly excellent and there isn’t anything here that won’t inspire you to check out more by this delightful composer. Go for it!
Submitted on 01/29/11 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Symphony no 7 in E flat major, DF. 123
  • Performer: Bohumila Jedlickova (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Copehnagen (02/09/1994-02/11/1994); Copehnagen (02/22/1994-02/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1799

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Festen på Kenilworth :: Hyrden græsser sine får
  • Performer: Mathias Hedegaard
  • Conductor: Adam Fischer
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (12/27/2006-12/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1835

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sovedrikken :: Skonjomfru, luk dit vindue op
  • Performer: Mathias Hedegaard
  • Conductor: Adam Fischer
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (12/27/2006-12/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Prinsesse Isabella :: Natten es så stille
  • Performer: Mathias Hedegaard
  • Conductor: Adam Fischer
  • Notes: Danish Radio Concert Hall (12/27/2006-12/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1840

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Zigeunerdans (Gypsy Dance), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ole Schmidt
  • Notes: Odense Concert Hall (05/28/1986-05/29/1986)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sonata for Piano no 6 in B flat major
  • Performer: Thomas Trondhjem (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Aftensange (7), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Marie Rorbech (Piano); Else Torp (Soprano)
  • Notes: Dronningesalen at the Royal Library (02/16/2006-02/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1838

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, DF 117 (1805 Revised Version)
  • Performer: Bohumila Jedlickova (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michael Schoenwandt
  • Notes: Copenhagen (09/07/1993-09/10/1993)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1795

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Etudes (8), Op 51
  • Performer: Bohumila Jedlickova (Piano)
  • Notes: Copenhagen (11/22/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1831

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Sovedrikken (The Sleeping Draught) :: Overture
  • Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich : Christmas Cantata
  • Conductor: Kirsten Dolberg
  • Notes: Tivoli Concert Hall (04/30/1997-05/03/1997); Tivoli Concert Hall (05/20/1997)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas