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Weber: Violin Sonatas Op. 10/1-6; Piano Quartet Op. 8 / Isabelle Faust, violin; Alexander Melnikov, fortepiano

Album Summary

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 6 in C major, J. 104 (Op. 10b/6)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 3 in D minor, J. 101 (Op. 10b/3)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 4 in E flat major, J. 102 (Op. 10b/4)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Quartet for Piano and Strings in B flat major ("Grand Quatuor"), J. 76
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 2 in G major, J. 100 (Op. 10b/2)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 5 in A major, J. 103 (Op. 10b/5)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 1 in F major, J. 99 (Op. 10b/1)
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Notes & Reviews:

The New Yorker
It is Faust's unmannered, focused artistry that commands attention... she has a way of pulling you deeper into each piece as she goes, varying and intensifying her phrasing until abstract figures speak in anxious sentences.

Was Carl Maria von Weber born only to compose Der Freischütz? So, at least, many people have thought, forgetting the existence of a catalogue of more than 300 compositions in every genre. The Piano Quartet, written when Weber was only 22, already displays the first signs of the fantastic Romanticism that E.T A. Hoffmann was exploring at the same time. As for the delightful Violin Sonatas of 1810, refused by the publisher for their blatant originality (!), they airily mix different styles in an exotic multinational rendezvous. On this delightful recording, violinist Isabelle Faust partners once again with Alexander Melnikov. For the Piano Quartet, this extraordinary duo is joined by Isabelle's brother Boris Faust on viola and cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
Melnikov, with exuberance and sensitivity, plays a fortepiano of about 1815, and Isabelle Faust (on a Stradivarius) is his lithe, discerning and thoroughly engaging companion.

The Strad, March 2013
Sensitive, expressive interpretations ... They show remarkable unanimity and flair in Weber's serene Piano Quartet, balancing Classical elegance, wit and sheer effervescence in the outer movements.

Classical Music, February 2013
Faust and Melnikov throw themselves into these remarkable works. The disc is valuable for rescuing the compact, breathtakingly inventive sonatas from obscurity. The quartet is similarly inspired, and performances and recording do the project proud.

classicalsource.com, 5th February 2013
The musicians bring maximum enjoyment to each work, and the performances could hardly be better, Faust and Melnikov pushing the technical capabilities of their instruments in the Sonatas, with energy, virtuosity and affection - something to truly blow away the cobwebs.

The Times, 19th January 2013
Chamber music by Weber arrives as frequently as a blue moon. It's almost as lovely, too, especially when Faust's Stradivarius violin and Melnikov's fortepiano duck and weave through these six pocket sonatas...Trinket music? Partly, yes; but very inventive, full of colour and surprises...The recording's intimate, clear, and full-bodied: the musicians seem right in your living room.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The Piano Quartet is also a mature work and was written a year before the violin sonatas. It is a fine work that also deserves more exposure. The sonatas are given an international character with Polish, Russian, Italian, and Spanish themes. The musicians are first-rate. Melnikov plays a fortepiano built in Vienna around 1815. I hope that other musicians pick this up and add this music to their repertoires. Good sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (06/2011).



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>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 6 in C major, J. 104 (Op. 10b/6)
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 3 in D minor, J. 101 (Op. 10b/3)
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 4 in E flat major, J. 102 (Op. 10b/4)
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Quartet for Piano and Strings in B flat major ("Grand Quatuor"), J. 76
  • Performers: Boris Faust (Viola); Wolfgang Schmidt (Cello); Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1806-1809

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 2 in G major, J. 100 (Op. 10b/2)
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 5 in A major, J. 103 (Op. 10b/5)
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Sonata for piano & violin obbligato no 1 in F major, J. 99 (Op. 10b/1)
  • Performers: Alexander Melnikov (Fortepiano); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810