All the music in this hour of Compact Discoveries is from Naxos
8.557404: Carl Reinecke: Harp Concerto; Flute Concerto; Ballade.
MUSIC: clip from the finale of Reinecke’s Flute Concerto.
[under the following]
Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and the
theme for this hour is “Romantic Reinecke.”
The German composer, Carl Reinecke (his name is spelled r-e-i-n-e-c-k-e), is
remembered today mainly as an educator, pianist, and conductor of the Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra. But he has a long and varied list of compositions to his
name, including operatic, vocal and choral works, three symphonies, and
concertos for piano, harp and flute.
Stay with me for the next hour and you’ll hear both the beautiful harp and flute
concertos, which are my very latest compact discoveries.
MUSIC: up and fade out
Carl Reinecke, who lived from 1824 until 1910, was the teacher of Sullivan of
Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as of Weingartner and Grieg. He was the son of a
musician who, in turn, was the son of a shoemaker who was also a self-taught
Carl Reinecke showed early musical ability and made his debut as a pianist at
the age of 11. A decade later he toured widely in Europe and accepted the
position of court pianist in Copenhagen. He spent some time in Leipzig, where he
was well received by Mendelssohn and Clara and Robert Schumann. He also spent
time in Weimar, where he met Franz Liszt, who was also impressed by him. Later,
when Reinecke was in Paris, he gave piano lessons to one of Liszt’s daughters.
Well, I’ll tell you more about Carl Reinecke later on. But first, let’s hear his
beautifully orchestrated, charming harp concerto. In this Naxos recording,
Fabrice Pierre is the harpist with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by
MUSIC: Reinecke: Harp Concerto [24:09]
Carl Reinecke’s Harp Concerto in E Minor, Opus 182. Fabrice Pierre was
the harpist with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Patrick Gallois in
this Naxos recording.
You are listening to an hour of music by Carl Reinecke on Compact Discoveries.
I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.
[optional one-minute break not included in total timing of the
Starting in 1851, Carl Reinecke taught at the Cologne Conservatory. After a
period in Breslau as director of music at the university, he returned to Leipzig
in 1860 as conductor of the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra and professor at the
Conservatory there, which was founded by Mendelssohn. In 1869 Reinecke conducted
the first complete performance of Brahms’s German Requiem, and was the
pianist in the first performance of Brahms’s Cello Sonata. When Brahms
died in 1897, Reinecke wrote his own Cello Sonata in memory of Brahms.
Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D Major, Opus 283, dates from the last years
of his life. It was writen in 1908 and he died two years later. As you’ll hear,
the piece offers considerable scope for virtuoso flute playing, colorful
orchestration, and beautiful melodies. We hear flutist Patrick Gallois with the
Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Fabrice Pierre, who was the harpist in
our first selection.
MUSIC: Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 283
Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 283, performed by
Patrick Gallois with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Fabrice Pierre.
You are listening to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman,
and I am devoting this hour to the music of “Romantic Reinecke.”
MUSIC: Reinecke: Ballade, Op. 288 [under the
Reinecke’s Ballade, Op 288, is his last opus. It is also written for
flute and orchestra. We’ll go out with this piece from the same Naxos recording
with the same performers as the Flute Concerto.
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recording is a true compact discovery.
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