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Carl Maria von Weber (Composer)

Born: 18th November 1786, Eutin

Died: 5th June 1826, London

Nationality: German

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber was a German composer, conductor, virtuoso pianist, guitarist, and critic who was one of the first significant composers of the Romantic era. Best known for his operas, he was a crucial figure in the development of German Romantische Oper (German Romantic opera).

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Recording of the Week, Weber's Der Freischütz from René Jacobs

The Belgian conductor's restoration of the original libretto's prologue lends a wonderful symmetry and coherence to Weber's supernatural Singspiel, whilst German actor Max Urlacher is properly spine-chilling in the expanded role of the demon Samiel.

Recording of the Week, Paul Lewis plays early Schubert and Weber

The British pianist radiates sympathy and imagination in two piano sonatas from the 1810s by young composers who both died before their fortieth birthdays.

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