- Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat major, J. 199 (Op. 39)
- Piano Sonata No. 3 in D minor, J. 206 (Op. 49)
- Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), rondo brillant for piano, J. 260 (Op. 65)
Good but not great, Mariaclara Monetti von Slawik's recordings of the A flat major and D minor piano sonatas, along with the "Aufforderung zum Tanz" of Carl Maria von Weber, are reasonably adequate performances of the works. Von Slawik captures some but not all of the works' imaginative fantasy, some but not all of the works' powerful romanticism, some but not all of the works' limpid lyricism, and very little if any of the works' greatness. One longs to be swept up in the music's passion, to be excited by its drama, to be enthralled by its beauty, but von Slawik leaves the listener sitting back in an easy chair, reading the paper, and sipping Scotch. While it is true that von Slawik's decorous and decent performances of Weber are more convincing than Garrick Ohlsson's blood-and-thunder performances, there are still recordings of Weber out there by Alfred Brendel and Emil Gilels that bury both of them. Arte Nova's sound is a bit distant and a little clangorous.
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