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The Burst Tower of Heidelberg Castle (1830) by Carl Blechen (1798-1840)
Track(s) taken from CDD22076
Recording details: January 1988
Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, USA
Produced by Ward Botsford
Engineered by Frank D Laico
Release date: March 2011
Total duration: 22 minutes 37 seconds

'[The sonatas] require a player with the fleetest of fingers, as well as an interpretative spirit that responds fully to the often flighty romanticism of Weber’s piano writing. Garrick Ohlsson meets these requirements in good measure, and his 1988 recordings, originally issued on Arabesque, make an attractive proposition in Hyperion’s two for the price of one reissue' (The Irish Times)

Piano Sonata No 3 in D minor, J206 Op 49

Allegro feroce  [7'47]
Andante con moto  [8'10]
Rondo: Presto  [6'40]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Piano Sonata No 3 in D minor Op 49 belongs to 1816, but shows its composer in a darkly dramatic, Beethovenian mood. Weber wrote it in just twenty days of feverish inspiration. Conceiving the work less as a composer-pianist and more as a composer-conductor, he explored new ways to develop his themes through counterpoint, used a broad range of tonalities and probed his instrument’s resources more deeply than before. All three movements seem imbued with orchestral sonorities and textures. No extra-musical connotations exist to colour the listener’s perception of this classically abstract, fascinating work. If Beethoven’s shadow seems to fall over each of its three movements, no one should be suprised. So odd was its originality that Weber’s cataloguer, F W Jähns, thought the Sonata ‘demonic’.

from notes by Frank Cooper © 2011

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