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'You have to go out; away into the distance'

Donald Macleod traces Weber's years as a young composer when he was always in debt and on the move, including a tour of Germany with his new clarinettist friend Heinrich Baermann.

Donald Macleod traces Weber's years as a young composer when he was always in debt and always on the move. Despite his lifelong trouble with his hip, Weber went on a walking tour in the Alps where he was deeply inspired by nature. And he toured Germany with his new virtuoso clarinettist friend Heinrich Baermann for whom he wrote revolutionary works for the clarinet.

Cantata Der erste Ton for chorus and orchestra, Op. 14, last mvt
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Festival Singers
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Clarinet Quintet in B flat Opus 34
Gervase de Peyer, clarinet
Melos Ensemble

Abu Hassan Opera (Geld, Geld, Geld! Chorus)
Wüstner Student Chorale, Dresden State Opera Chorus,
Peter Schreier, singer
Theo Adam, singer

Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in G minor
Jaime Martin, flute
Christoph Marks, Cello
Susan Tomes, Piano

Producer: Rosie Boulton for BBC Wales.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der erste Ton, Op 14

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish S O. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Singer: Scottish Festival Singers.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op 34

    Performer: Gervase de Peyer. Performer: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI M5659952.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Geld, Geld, Geld! (Abu Hassan)

    Choir: Wustner Student Chorale. Choir: Chor der Staatsoper Dresden. Conductor: Peter Schreier. Singer: Theo Adam.
    • RCA 74321405772.
    • RCA.
    • 7.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Trio in G minor for flute, cello and piano

    Performer: Jamie Martin. Performer: Christoph Marks. Performer: Susan Tomes.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67464.
    • HYPERION.
    • 5.

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