CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Weber CD released

June 10, 2013

A new CD is now available of piano works by Carl Maria von Weber, performed by Duncan J. Cumming on Christopher's fortepiano, with Christopher joining in some four-hand repertoire.

 

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The CD features a fortepiano by Joseph Brodmann (Vienna, c1815) from Christopher's instrument collection, which is associated with Weber during his years in Prague as Director of the Estates Theatre (1813 - 1816), and which was later part of the collection of historic instruments belonging to the celebrated Czech singer, Ema Destinnová (Emmy Destinn, 1878 - 1930).

Since it cannot be claimed with certainty that any extant piano work was conceived at this Brodmann piano, the programme for this, the instrument’s debut recording, is drawn from amongst the works Weber had already completed prior to his arrival in Prague, works which were part of the experience that informed his selection of the instruments he kept there and which he may have played at these instruments for his own recreation.

The programme includes Weber's Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major Op. 24 and Variations on an Original Theme Op. 2, as well as Six Pieces for Piano Duet Op. 10 with Christopher joining Duncan at the fortepiano.

The CD, released by Centaur Records, is available from Amazon as well as for download on Amazon and iTunes.

 
 

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