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Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat major, J199 Op 39
composer
1814 to 1816

Recordings
'Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas' (CDD22076)
Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas
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Movement 1: Allegro moderato con spirito ed assai legato
Track 5 on CDD22076 CD1 [14'22] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Andante: Ben tenuto
Track 6 on CDD22076 CD1 [7'56] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Menuetto capriccioso: Presto assai
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Movement 4: Rondo: Moderato e molto grazioso
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Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat major, J199 Op 39
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Weber began his Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat major Op 39 in 1814 and completed it two years later when he was thirty. Its composition was divided between Prague, where Weber was Kapellmeister of the theatre, and Berlin, where he moved with his fiancée, the soubrette Caroline Brandt, for her ‘star singing engagement’, and the Sonata was undoubtedly meant as a personal performing vehicle. Benedict tells us that the composer was ‘wrapped up in the love of his future partner for life’ when he wrote it. Certainly the work’s spacious, warm lyricism, intimate sentiment, woodland atmosphere and flowing modulations suggest greater personal maturity and a vastly different inner life than the extroverted deftness of the Sonata No 1. Movements one, two and four seem to share the special grace of human love while the third, Menuetto capriccioso, is a tour de force of delicious whimsy contrasted with heart-on-sleeve romantic gesture. To Benedict, Weber’s Op 39 was ‘the grandest and most complete composition of the master’ because of its ‘originality of form, deep pathos and poetical feeling’.

from notes by Frank Cooper © 2011

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Details for CDD22076 disc 1 track 5
Allegro moderato con spirito ed assai legato
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-11-07605
Duration
14'22
Recording date
6 January 1988
Recording venue
Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, USA
Recording producer
Ward Botsford
Recording engineer
Frank D Laico
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  1. Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas (CDD22076)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 2011
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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