From my collection.
Bought in September 2016.
First listen: 18-10-2016.
Second listen: 13-3-2017.
CD 2 from 2.
Recording dates: January/February 2004.
Recording venue: Funkhaus Köln, KvB saal, Germany.
Recording engineer: Barbara Valentin.
Running time Disc 2: 74:40
Classical relevance for me: Essential.
Works performed on Disc 2.
Piano sonata No 4 in E minor, opus 70.
Seven variations in F major, opus 9.
Seven Variations on the aria : "Vien qua dorina bella" opus 7.
Aufforderung zum Tanz, opus 65.
Six Favorite Waltzes.
I am admiring Endres ever since he recorded Schubert's sonatas and those from Mozart. They were showered with critical acclaim, and with good reason. He might not be a household name, but he sure is one of the best pianists we have. And this is apparent with the fine music on this disc, not readily associated with Weber. Precious few people heard this side of Weber. These are highly dramatic piano works, and still in the shadow of his opera works. A colourful romanticism, that can be heard throughout these very virtuosic works. Endres who wrote also the concise booklet tells us that he thinks the Weber's piano works deserve a place next to Schubert, despite the fact that they are totally different, and I am inclined to agree with him. These works took me by surprise by their sheer virtuosity and an overflow of musical ideas, brilliantly worked out in these powerful sonatas. They are in dire need of a renaissance!
Audacious and pianistically challenging, these works make a profound impact on me, and no doubt on more people who take the effort to listen to them. A composer that has the key to shadow and brighten every single note into brilliancy, never stepping into the mediocre, but heightening these sonatas with every breath his creative journey into superb works of art.
I am duly impressed with the performances, they are highly polished but played with such force, that it leaves me breathless at his flawless technique. This man is a magician.
Barbara Valentin made state of the art recordings! Recommended with some urgency.
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