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Anton Reicha (1770-1836)

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Reicha, A: Requiem

Reicha, A: Requiem


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Antonín Rejcha: Piano Trios

Antonín Rejcha: Piano Trios


Reicha, A:

Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 101 No. 1

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 101 No. 2

Piano Trio in C major, Op. 101 No. 3


Rejcha’s life story would provide ample material for a blockbuster film: at the age of eleven he ran away from home to gain a musical education. He was a masterful flautist, violinist and pianist.

By the age of fifteen he had become the flautist in the orchestra of Max Franz, Elector of Cologne - next to the young violist Beethoven.

Rejcha was also a close friend of Joseph Haydn. As a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris, he had the opportunity to influence the further direction his pupils (Berlioz, Liszt, Gounod, Franck, etc.) would take. Rejcha’s six large concertante trios, three of which are contained on this CD, were first published in Paris in 1824. In addition to the composer’s inexhaustible invention, his works also owe their great success to the virtuoso demands placed on all three instruments. This was a great challenge for the Guarneri Trio, who after a quarter of a century rank among the world’s finest owing to their interplay, virtuosity and sonic qualities.

Listen to how the priceless Guarneri instruments sound in the hands of these superlative musicians.

“These witty trios are unfailingly melodious. The Guarneri Trio are constantly alert to the music's humour, but are also magnificent at capturing the depth and power of many passages.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

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Mozart, Rejcha & Kukal: Clarinet Quintets

Mozart, Rejcha & Kukal: Clarinet Quintets


Kukal:

Clarinettino, Op. 11: Concertino for Clarinet and Strings

Mozart:

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Reicha, A:

Quintet for Clarinet & String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 89


Ludmila Peterková (clarinet)

Bennewitz Quartet

Classic FM favourite Ludmila Peterkova’s new CD!

Three compositions that came into being over the period of some 200 years yet have much in common; their creators had a penchant for the clarinet and in these works let the amplitude of their melodic inventions resound to the full. And all three composers were inspired by a superlative clarinettist.

Mozart wrote his quintet for the virtuoso Anton Stadler, Ondřej Kukal composed his catchy Clarinettino for the rising clarinet star Ludmila Peterková, who premiered the piece to great acclaim and now after two decades has returned to it on this recording.

For many of those familiar with some of the other innumerable recordings of the piece, this take on Mozart’s “Stadler” quintet may sound somewhat unusual since Ludmila Peterková has decided to play it on the deeper basset clarinet, an instrument of an enchantingly velvety timbre, for which it was originally written.

When it comes to Rejcha’s quintet, you will immediately realise that it is not included just “to make up the numbers” but is a piece that in its playful inventiveness holds its own even in juxtaposition to Mozart’s perfect equanimity.

A superb partner to the clarinettist is the Bennewitz Quartet, one of the finest continuers of the celebrated Czech quartet tradition, as evidenced by their successes at international competitions (ARD Munich in 2004, 1st prize and gold medal in Osaka, 1st prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani in 2008), as well as the rapturous responses to the concerts they have given on the most prestigious stages throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.

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