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'Landscape is to me the performance of a piece of music'

Donald Macleod traces Weber's directorship of opera in Prague where he champions German opera. After a series of affairs, Weber eventually marries a singer from his company.

Donald Macleod traces Weber's fascination with the Romantic movement. Also, his directorship of the Opera at the Estates Theatre in Prague where he tries to champion German opera but the audiences prefer Italian opera. The composer a ménage à trois with one singer Therese Brunetti, but ends up marrying Caroline Brandt, another singer. He composes The Invitation to the Dance to celebrate their partnership.

The Gallant Troubadour
Robert White, singer
Samuel Sanders, piano
Mark Peskanov, violin
Nathaniel Rosen, cello
Ransom Wilson, flute

Ein Konig einst gefangen sass
Peter Schreier, singer
Konrad Ragossnig, guitar

Cantata Kampf und Sieg, Op 44 (final chorus)
Choir and Orchestra of Leipzig Radio
Herbert Kegel, conductor

Sind es schmerzen, sind es freuden?
Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, singer
Hartmut Holl, piano

Invitation to the Dance
Stephen Hough, piano

Piano Concerto No 2
Nikolai Demidenko, piano
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras, conductor

Producer: Rosie Boulton for BBC Wales.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    The Gallant Troubadour

    Performer: Samuel Sanders. Performer: Mark Peskanov. Performer: Nathaniel Rosen. Singer: Robert White. Conductor: Ransom Wilson.
    • EMI C7474202.
    • EMI.
    • 19.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Ein Konig einst gefangen sass

    Performer: Konrad Ragossnig. Singer: Peter Schreier.
    • NOVALIS : 150-039-2.
    • NOVALIS.
    • 11.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Kampf und Sieg, Op 44

    Orchestra: Leipzig Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Kegel. Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig.
    • FORLANE : 16-572.
    • FORLANE.
    • 1.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden?

    Performer: Hartmut Höll. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Claves CD509118.
    • Claves.
    • 13.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Invitation To The Dance

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion CDA 67686.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 32

    Performer: Nikolai Demidenko. Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • HYPERION : CDA-66729.
    • HYPERION.
    • 4.

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