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Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Complete Overtures / WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Howard Griffiths

Album Summary

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Beherrscher der Geister (The Ruler of the Spirits), overture for orchestra, J. 122 (Op. 27) (rev
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Peter Schmoll, overture to the opera
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Abu Hassan, overture to the opera
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon, overture
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Preciosa, incidental music for soloist, chorus & orchestra, J. 279 (Op. 78)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, overture
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Silvana
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Turandot, incidental music, J. 75 (Op. 37)
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Carl Maria von Weber's overtures deriving from the preludes of his various stage works (apart from the Jubilee Overture) range over his entire oeuvre. On the one hand, they cover the almost forty years of his artist's life, from his beginnings as a young composer around the turn of the century, through the works of his middle period influenced by his teacher Abb Vogler, to the personal style of the mature master. On the other hand, since their form as a brilliant and ingenious index (Wiener Allgemeine Theaterzeitung, 1821) mostly consists of the particular motifs from the operas to which they belong, they form something like an instrumental quintessence of his music for the stage. Although Weber is celebrated as the father of the German romantic opera, today he continues to be known for only one opera: Der Freischtz. Most of his other stage works are only very rarely performed, but their overtures have stood the test of time as individual orchestral works. They convince us with their colorful instrumentation and combination of elements from Viennese classicism, the new romantic drama, and lyrical moments. Our complete recording of Weber's overtures with Howard Griffiths and the WDR Symphony Orchestra is distinguished by fresh verve and gripping dramatism in keeping with the dictates of historically informed performance practice.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
"[Griffiths] brings thrillingly vibrant and lucid playing from Cologne's WDR Sinfonieorchester, which is captured in brilliantly clear and realistic sound... the wind-playing is characterful, with a twinkle in the eye of the oboe solos and a mixture of liveliness and mellifluousness from the principal clarinet. The brass-playing is also especially fine... you might already have a favourite disc of Weber overtures, but I'd say this one demands to be heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köln, Philharmonie (06/16/2014-06/17/2014); Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013).



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>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Beherrscher der Geister (The Ruler of the Spirits), overture for orchestra, J. 122 (Op. 27) (rev
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Peter Schmoll, overture to the opera
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801-1802

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Abu Hassan, overture to the opera
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810-1811

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Oberon, overture
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Preciosa, incidental music for soloist, chorus & orchestra, J. 279 (Op. 78)
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, overture
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Silvana :: Overtures
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1808-1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe :: Overtures
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822-1823

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Turandot, incidental music, J. 75 (Op. 37)
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59)
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1818