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Track(s) taken from CDD22076

Rondo brillante, J252 Op 62

1819; also known as La gaîté

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
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: 6 minutes 19 seconds

Cover artwork: The Burst Tower of Heidelberg Castle (1830) by Carl Blechen (1798-1840)


'[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)
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

Le Rondo brillante op. 62, dit également La gaîté, date de la même année 1819 que l’Aufforderung zum Tanz op. 65. Excellent exemple de ce qu’on a appelé le «style lustre» de Weber, l’éclat cristallin du Rondo brillante exploite le registre supérieur du piano (et la main droite du pianiste) pour un effet grandiose. Exubérant, voire époustouflant, c’est un authentique morceau de démonstation écrit par un virtuose trentenaire, alors dans l’ivresse de son amour pour Caroline Brandt.

extrait des notes rédigées par Frank Cooper © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Das Rondo brillante op. 62, das auch unter dem Titel La gaîté bekannt ist, entstand im selben Jahr (1819) wie die Aufforderung zum Tanz op. 65. Das Rondo brillante verkörpert das, was als „Glas-Kerzenleuchter-Stil“ Webers bezeichnet worden ist—seine kristalline Brillanz macht besonders effektvoll Gebrauch von dem obersten Register des Klaviers (und der rechten Hand des Pianisten). Es ist überschwänglich, atemberaubend sogar, und ein wahres Schaustück für einen Virtuosen, der im Alter von 33 Jahren ganz in Liebe zu Caroline Brandt entflammt war.

aus dem Begleittext von Frank Cooper © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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