The Rondo brillante
Op 62, also known as La gaîté
, belongs to the same year, 1819, as Aufforderung zum Tanz
Op 65. An excellent example of what has been called Weber’s ‘glass chandelier style’, the Rondo brillante
’s crystalline brilliance exploits the piano’s upper treble range (and the pianist’s right hand) to great effect. Exuberant, even breathtaking, it is a true showpiece by a virtuoso who, at thirty-three, was in the full flush of love for Caroline Brandt, whom he had married two years earlier.
from notes by Frank Cooper © 2011