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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Carl Maria von Weber

born: 18 November 1786
died: 5 June 1826
country: Germany

Born in Holstein (North Germany) on 18 November 1786, Carl Maria von Weber was the eldest of three children to Franz Anton and Genovefa; both his parents were musical. Despite beginning a career as a military officer, his father was discharged from the militia and took up a number of musical directorships thereafter, including founding a theatre company in Hamburg. His mother was a Viennese singer. Weber had four musically gifted cousins on his father’s side, one of whom was Constanze Weber, who married Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in August 1782, a catalyst in Franz’s ambitions of making the young Weber into a child prodigy like his cousin-in-law.

A gifted violinist, Weber’s father taught the boy music and gave him a comprehensive education. In 1798 Weber went to Salzburg to study with Michael Haydn, younger brother of Joseph. That same year saw Weber’s first published work – six fughettas for piano. At the age of 14 his family moved to Freiburg where he wrote his first opera, The Silent Forest Maiden; it later went on to be produced in Freiburg, and then performed in Vienna, Prague and St Petersburg. The latter half of the first decade of the century was marred with troubles for Weber – debt, an ill-fated affair, his father misappropriated a vast amount of money – however, he remained a prolific composer.

Things brightened up from 1810; he visited several cities and spent time as Director of Opera in Prague, Director of Opera in Dresden and also worked in Berlin promoting and establishing German opera. The successful premiere of Der Freischütz in Berlin in 1821 led to performances all over Europe. His next opera, Euryanthe, was another success and in the year of its premiere (1823) he was invited to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, to compose and produce Oberon, which premiered in 1826.

Whilst in London, Weber was already suffering from tuberculosis, which then took hold entirely. He died at the house of Sir George Smart during the night of 4/5 June 1826. Buried in London, his remains were transferred 18 years later to the family vault in Dresden.

from notes by David Cairns © 2012

Albums

Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
CDA66088Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Weber: Chamber Music
Studio Master: CDA67464Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas
CDD220762CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Weber: Der Freischütz
Studio Master: LSO0726Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Weber: Piano Concertos
CDA66729
Weber: Wind Concertos
Studio Master: CKD409Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bassoon Concertos
Studio Master: CDA67288Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos
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Godowsky: Piano Music
CDH55206Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
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Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 18 – Liszt at the Theatre
CDA66575
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets
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Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III
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Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 49 – Schubert and Weber Transcriptions
CDA67203Download currently discounted
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra I
CDA67401/22CDs
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra II
CDA67403/43CDs
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI
CDA67406/72CDs
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
CDA66371/22CDs
Saint-Saëns & Ysaÿe: Rare transcriptions for violin and piano
CDH55353Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946
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Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
APR5623Download only
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs
Stephen Hough in recital
CDA67686
The Grand Organ of Birmingham Town Hall
CDA66216Archive Service
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
APR5534Download only
Vibraciones del Alma
CKD331Download only
Ysaÿe & Saint-Saëns: Rare transcriptions for violin and piano
CDH55353Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Complete works available for download

Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65Rian De Waal (piano)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65Stephen Hough (piano)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Bassoon Concerto in F major, J127 Op 75Peter Whelan (bassoon), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Janiczek (conductor)
Bassoon Concerto in F major, J127 Op 75Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
Carl Maria von Webers Polonaise brillante Op. 72, S455Leslie Howard (piano)
Carl Maria von Webers Schlummerlied mit Arabesken, S454Leslie Howard (piano)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor, J114 Op 73Maximiliano Martín (clarinet), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Janiczek (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74Dame Thea King (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, J182 Op 34The Gaudier Ensemble
Concertino for clarinet and orchestra in C minor / E flat major, J109 Op 26Maximiliano Martín (clarinet), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Janiczek (conductor)
Der FreischützLondon Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
Gebet während der Schlacht, Op 41 No 1Gerald Finley (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Grand Duo concertant, Op 48Maximiliano Martín (clarinet), Scott Mitchell (piano)
Horn Concertino in E minor, J188 Op 45Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Janiczek (conductor)
JubelouvertüreThomas Trotter (organ)
Jubelouvertüre von Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur, S576Leslie Howard (piano)
Konzertstück 'C. M. v. Weber Op. 79', S576aLeslie Howard (piano)
Konzertstück in F minor, J282 Op 79Nikolai Demidenko (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452Leslie Howard (piano)
Momento capriccioso, J56 Op 12Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, J98 Op 11Nikolai Demidenko (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat, J155 Op 32Nikolai Demidenko (piano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Piano Quartet in B flat major, J76 Op 18The Gaudier Ensemble
Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, J138 Op 24Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat major, J199 Op 39Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Piano Sonata No 3 in D minor, J206 Op 49Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Piano Sonata No 4 in E minor, J287 Op 70Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Rondo brillante, J252 Op 62Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Rondo brillante, J252 Op 62Grigory Ginzburg (piano)
Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor, J259 Op 63The Gaudier Ensemble
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886))
C M von Webers Polonaise brillante, S367Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Karl Anton Rickenbacher (conductor)
Einsam bin ich, nicht alleine – Volkslied aus dem Schauspiel Preciosa von Carl Maria von Weber, S453Leslie Howard (piano)
Fantasie über Themen aus Webers "Der Freischütz", S451Leslie Howard (piano)
Konzertstück in F minor, S367aLeslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Karl Anton Rickenbacher (conductor)
Ouvertüre aus der Oper Der Freischütz vom Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur von F. Liszt, S575Leslie Howard (piano)
Ouvertüre aus der Oper Oberon von Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur von F. Liszt, S574Leslie Howard (piano)
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921))
Fantaisie for violin and piano after Weber's OberonPhilippe Graffin (violin), Pascal Devoyon (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35 (Weber)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65 (Weber)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65 (Weber/Godowsky)
Bassoon Concerto in F major, J127 Op 75 (Weber)
C M von Webers Polonaise brillante, S367 (Liszt/Weber)
Carl Maria von Webers Polonaise brillante Op. 72, S455 (Weber/Liszt)
Carl Maria von Webers Schlummerlied mit Arabesken, S454 (Weber/Liszt)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor, J114 Op 73 (Weber)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 (Weber)
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, J182 Op 34 (Weber)
Concertino for clarinet and orchestra in C minor / E flat major, J109 Op 26 (Weber)
Der Freischütz (Weber)
Einsam bin ich, nicht alleine – Volkslied aus dem Schauspiel Preciosa von Carl Maria von Weber, S453 (Liszt/Weber)
Fantaisie for violin and piano after Weber's Oberon (Saint-Saëns/Weber)
Fantasie über Themen aus Webers "Der Freischütz", S451 (Liszt/Weber)
Gebet (vor der Schlacht)  
Gebet während der Schlacht, Op 41 No 1 (Weber)
Grand Duo concertant, Op 48 (Weber)
Horn Concertino in E minor, J188 Op 45 (Weber)
Jubelouvertüre (Weber/Best)
Jubelouvertüre von Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur, S576 (Weber/Liszt)
Konzertstück 'C. M. v. Weber Op. 79', S576a (Weber/Liszt)
Konzertstück in F minor, J282 Op 79 (Weber)
Konzertstück in F minor, S367a (Liszt/Weber)
Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452 (Weber/Liszt)
Lützows wilde Jagd  
Momento capriccioso, J56 Op 12 (Weber)
Ouvertüre aus der Oper Der Freischütz vom Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur von F. Liszt, S575 (Liszt/Weber)
Ouvertüre aus der Oper Oberon von Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur von F. Liszt, S574 (Liszt/Weber)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, J98 Op 11 (Weber)
Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat, J155 Op 32 (Weber)
Piano Quartet in B flat major, J76 Op 18 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, J138 Op 24 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat major, J199 Op 39 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 3 in D minor, J206 Op 49 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 4 in E minor, J287 Op 70 (Weber)
Rondo brillante, J252 Op 62 (Weber)
Schwertlied  
Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor, J259 Op 63 (Weber)
Vater, ich rufe dich!  
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