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Piano Sonata No 4 in E minor, J287 Op 70
composer
1819 to 1822; dedicated to the critic J F Rochlitz

Recordings
'Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas' (CDD22076)
Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas
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Movement 1: Moderato
Track 4 on CDD22076 CD2 [12'46] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Menuetto: Presto vivace ed energico
Track 5 on CDD22076 CD2 [4'01] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Andante (quasi allegretto) consolante
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Movement 4: Prestissimo
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Piano Sonata No 4 in E minor, J287 Op 70
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The Piano Sonata No 4 in E minor Op 70 was produced in 1822 after a three-year gestation period. Weber was thirty-six and smarting from a bad performance of his incidental music to Wolff’s Preciosa. Benedict claimed that: ‘The first movement, according to Weber’s own ideas, portrays in mournful strains the state of a sufferer from fixed melancholy and despondency, with occasional glimpses of hope which are, however, always darkened and crushed. The second movement describes an outburst of rage and insanity; the Andante in C is of a consolatory nature and fitly expresses the partly successful entreaties of friendship and affection endeavouring to calm the patient, though there is an undercurrent of agitation and evil augury. The last movement, a wild, fantastic tarantella, with only a few snatches of melody, finishes in exhaustion and death.’ Schubert seems more the model here than Beethoven, which may account for the work’s subtleties and lieder-like delicacy of expression. But Weber’s use of motifs rather than long-spun melodies and the restrained economy of the pianism involved evince greater expressive mastery and control than before. The Sonata is dedicated to J F Rochlitz, a critic who had praised the two preceding sonatas.

from notes by Frank Cooper © 2011

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Details for CDD22076 disc 2 track 5
Menuetto: Presto vivace ed energico
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-11-07614
Duration
4'01
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 2 Track 5
    Release date: March 2011
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